New Castle News

June 25, 2014

Storm damage minimal

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Heavy rainstorms have been rolling through Lawrence County over the past few days.

Tuesday afternoon, a storm blew through the area dropping rain and a few trees.

The result was some downed power lines and isolated flooding.

Much of the damage was reported in Neshannock Township, with several trees down in the vicinity of Mitchell and Plank roads. A transformer also blew along Mitchell Road, producing a power outage that impacted the traffic light at Mitchell and Route 18.

Monday night into early Tuesday also saw storms generated throughout the county.

Wind, lightning, heavy rain and thunder combined starting about 7:30 p.m. Monday, letting up and returning through the evening.

But actual damage was minimal.

“We weren’t called out, not even on stand by,” New Castle Fire Chief Mark Panella said.

Brian Melcer, Lawrence County public safety director, said flooding and downed trees was minimal around the county.

Melcer received reports of flooding on Hamilton and Carl streets on the South Side, where a manhole cover was missing.

Additional flooding was reported at West Pittsburg Road and Route 168 and on West Lawrence Avenue in Wayne Township.

Melcer said trees were reported down in Bessemer and in Mahoning and Slippery Rock townships and two trees were down in Pulaski Township. He said all roads were cleared by Tuesday morning.

He added “localized power outages” were reported in various areas but lasted only for a short time.