A slow-moving storm system dumped as much as three inches of rain on parts of Venango County, causing flooding problems on more than a dozen roads and for at least one railroad line.
The downpours, mostly late Wednesday morning, prompted a flood warning to be issued around midday by the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh. Their office informed KQW that the community of Dempseytown was inundated by 2.6 inches of rain in one hour alone between 11:00 AM and noon.
Most of the rain had subsided before 1:00 PM.
Roads were temporarily closed because of flood waters in Sugarcreek Borough, Dempseytown and Oakland Township, Cranberry Township and Emlenton. Rail lines on Oil City’s North Side were also affected.
Forecasters predict that the next chance of rain for the Oil Region will not occur until at least midday Saturday, and that there will be 30-to-40 percent chances of rain for the remainder of the Labor Day holiday weekend.