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RIDGWAY, Pa. (AP) - A series of thunderstorms have flooded parts of Elk County in west-central Pennsylvania.

The worst flooding was reported in Ridgway, Penfield and Jay Township.

Jay Township secretary Deborah Leonard says "training thunderstorms" - those which moved through the area in rapid succession like train cars - struck Wednesday morning.

The local fire hall was briefly flooded and Routes 255 and 555 were closed.

Elk County is located about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Much of the worst flooding was about 10 miles west of St. Marys, the county seat, in Ridgway.

That's where St. Leo's Catholic School was evacuated about 11 a.m. and residents of a senior citizens' high-rise were taken to a fire station as a precaution.

The flooding and rains diminished by early afternoon.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.



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