Residents deal with flooding aftermath

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WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Some homeowners in West Seneca are dealing with the aftermath of this weekend’s major flooding.

Many can’t even start cleaning yet because they water still has to go down.

This all started Saturday night when an ice jam in the Buffalo Creek backed up water into Lexington Green, Gregory Drive and Brian Lane in West Seneca.

Within a half an hour this street went from being empty to flooded.

Daniel Sell said he was celebrating his grandson’s birthday and came home to find his basement flooded.

“Everything’s gone. The freezers are floating in water. The refrigerator is floating in water. I’ve got one of those beds that have programming, that’s all shot…and the washer and dryer” said Sell.

Before Sell could even focus on the damage, his first priority was to find his dog, Gizmo. He walked through sewer water that went up to his chest looking for Gizmo.

“I wanted to come through. The cops said you’re not going and I said I’ve got to go get my dog. I went all over looking for my dog. I knew I had him downstairs and the door was still closed. I was on my hands and knees just looking for him” said Sell.

Luckily Sell’s neighbor rescued his dog before he got home.

West Seneca’s Emergency Manager John Gullo said crews are out helping residents pump out their basements.

We met one crew that’s been working since Saturday night. They said the cold temperatures make cleanup challenging.

“It makes it very difficult with the cold temperatures. One of the biggest things about getting homes dry is heat and obviously a situation where you have 8 feet of water in a home the furnace no longer works. So we really can’t do any drying. A lot of the pumps the lines freeze. You’ve got a lot of flooding even just from burst water pipes” said Edmund Bedient, President of Clear Choice Cleaning Services.

Sell said given the past couple of days that he’s had, dealing with the blizzard and now this flood he’s grateful no one was injured.

“Gizmo and me are okay” said Sell.

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