The heavy rains that pounded Western Pennsylvania Thursday caused widespread flooding and hazards that shut down major thoroughfares throughout the region. The southbound lanes of Route 28 between the Harmar and RIDC Park exits closed for several hours because of flooding. A preschool in Westmoreland County was evacuated when a large sinkhole opened up nearby. A single lane of Route 28 reopened by about 6 p.m., PennDOT spokesman Steve Cown said. Shortly after 7 p.m., southbound Route 28 reopened to unrestricted traffic between the 40th Street and 31st Street bridges, Cowan said. The National Weather Service had recorded at least 2.31 inches at Pittsburgh International Airport as of about 8 p.m., falling short of the record of 2.96 inches set in 1971. NWS also reported Thursday’s rainfall puts the airport’s total at 30.02 inches, the second wettest year ever to-date and 0.67 inches ahead of the record-breaking pace set last year. Avert your eyes…this isn’t pretty. Today’s rainfall puts the Pittsburgh Airport year total at 30.02", the 2nd wettest year ever to-date and 0.67" […]