West Seneca deals with flooding


The generator outside Mike Bucceri’s West Seneca home was powered up and pumping water out of his basement.  Water from overnight rain and melting snow spewed into Bucceri’s basement.

“It was just like a lake…water everywhere,” Bucceri said.

Bucceri said nearly two-feet of water filled the basement.   This was the worst flooding he’s seen in 20 years of living in West Seneca.

At Betty Koepnick’s West Seneca home, the basement playroom turned into a cesspool.  Her granddaughter’s toys were floating atop inches of backed up sewage.

“I was worried about my furnace,” Koepnick said.  “I thought, oh my God, please..because it was just a hair away from where it would have hurt the furnace.”

Koepnick said she was lucky her furnace was unaffected by floodwater.

On the corner of Harlem Road and N. Seneca Street, flood waters were about ankle deep.

Storm drains could barely keep up with the steady stream of water.

State workers were trudging through the mess, making sure drivers didn’t get stuck.

Red Cross crews were also on patrol ready to help storm affected neighbors, if they lost power or heat.

Bucceri said, “There’s probably a lot of stuff ruined [in his basement].”

He’ll be cleaning up for some time to come.

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