Flash flooding kills at least three in Pittsburgh

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Posted: Aug 20, 2011 1:08 AM

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Flash flooding killed at least three people in Pittsburgh on Friday when heavy rains submerged cars in flood water that was six feet deep in places, local media and weather services said.

Accuweather.com said at least six cars had been submerged and rescue crews had used inflatable rafts to reach stranded drivers. Power was out to 8,400 customers.

Local media identified the dead as a woman and two children who were in their vehicle when the flooding hit, and said a 70-year-old woman was also missing.

Earlier, the National Weather Service had issued a flash flood watch for Allegheny County as storms pounded the area.

(Reporting by Daniel Lovering and Cynthia Johnston. Editing by Peter Bohan)