Naturally, with the region’s well-known hills and valleys, this lead to flash floods in several different locations, some landslides, fallen trees, and a lot of debris being swept away. The storm also appeared suddenly, so several drivers were met with roads filled with water.
Here are some of the most eye-popping images from the storm:
What appears to be a fuel tank was swept away into the Ohio River near the West End Bridge, as captured by beloved Pittsburgh photograph Dave DiCello. Another twitter user appears to have captured video of the same fuel tank floating down Sawmill Run through the Seldom Seen Greenway in Beechview.
Saw the same tank upstream at Seldom Seen Greenway Park pic.twitter.com/ugYBOs5vIv— Mark Malecky (@MMalecky) June 14, 2021
A red Jeep got caught in deep water on an on ramp to I-376 in Squirrel Hill. The water eventually turned the vehicle sideways and pushed in against the retaining wall.
This is… not ideal pic.twitter.com/bWPlTW7MDE— Mitchell Nagy ⚾️ (@mryannagy) June 13, 2021
This on ramp in Squirrel Hill was also home to more car casualties, as TribLive reporter Natasha Lindstrom captured drivers reversing out of the flood waters, and turning around to avoid the rising tide.
A car just ahead of me nearly floated away at the underpass linking #Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill exit to I-376 on-ramp.— Natasha Lindstrom (@NewsNatasha) June 13, 2021
As I headed back & warned other drivers to turn around bc of flooding, some asked, “Well, how flooded is it? … Like, totally flooded?” #TurnAroundDontDrown https://t.co/geiXKwiRRK pic.twitter.com/uRCCngjRzJ
Another vehicle became stuck in the Bates Street on ramp onto I-376 in Oakland. According to a twitter user, the driver and her dog were stuck in flood waters for a time, but she and the dog made it to safety.
The intersection of Reynolds and Murtland streets in Point Breeze flooded with water for a time, creating a pond-like atmosphere in the East End neighborhood.
Reynolds Street and Murtland in Point Breeze pic.twitter.com/4bGEAmOMag— Katherine Osth (@kathyosth) June 14, 2021
Point Breeze was hit particularly hard by the storm, as photos from Pittsburgh Public School board member Pam Harbin show multiple trees that were felled by the storm, including one that appears to have struck a parked vehicle.
Pittsburgh City Paper photographer Jared Wickerham captured images of a tree and power line that fell in Pittsburgh’s Greenfield neighborhood, which effectively shut down a section of Greenfield Avenue.
Point Breeze, Pittsburgh, code red storm. pic.twitter.com/H4CcXrb6Vv— Pam Harbin (@PamHarbinPGH) June 14, 2021