Heavy overnight rains flood western PA community

LIGONIER, Pa. (AP) — Emergency crews had to evacuate several residents along a western Pennsylvania creek swollen by heavy overnight rains.

Flooding was plaguing Ligonier borough and Ligonier Township along Mill and Loyalhanna creeks. The communities are about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh.

No injuries have been reported, but flooding was affecting dozens of homes Friday after 4 inches of rain fell in the area. The villages of Oak Grove, Wilpen and Waterford, all located in the township, were the hardest hit.

The flooding developed hours after the rains fell, as runoff into Loyalhanna Creek caused the flooding downstream.

Crews were using small boats to get people out of some homes. Temporary shelter was being offered at a number of fire halls in the area.