Friday, September 17, 2004

The news from underwater.... 

Greetings from Precipitation Central. Just got word that (thanks to Ivan remnants) it's the rainest day in Pittsburgh's history. Hard to believe, but apparently true....rainiest 24-hour period ever, as of 4 p.m.

I'm manning the newsroom desk today, and it's a great day to be doing that. Evacuations, road closures, event cancellations, kids stranded at schools, rockslides....the works! Heh. It's true that reporters thrive on days like this. But not because we like bad news. Quite simply, this is when our work is the most exciting and the most challenging -- and also when it matters most. The faster we get information out there -- particularly with something like flooding -- the more people we help. Speaking of which, I really shouldn't be blogging right now.

ADDENDUM, 1:45 a.m. Sunday: It got far crazier. 6 inches of rain, shattering the previous record of 3.66. People stranded for hours inside buildings, states of emergency declared in four counties... possibly the most widespread flooding in Western PA history. Whew.

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