Residents continue to clean up after flash flood

West Seneca, N.Y. (WIVB) – Floors wet with water and mud. Walls stripped down to the beams. Bob Schultz of West Seneca has thousands of dollars in damage.

Schultz said he’s still in shock when he thinks about what happened to his home.

“It was hectic. When I saw everything I just sat down for a couple of minutes because I knew all of the stuff that was going to be going out” said Schultz.

Last Saturday an ice jam in the Buffalo River caused a flash flood in West Seneca. Water filled Schultz’s basement and up to two feet of his first floor.

Luckily some volunteers from Fellowship Wesleyan Church came out on Saturday to help him clean up.

“We are taking all the paneling off the walls down in the basement and that’s all coming up” said Shannon Kedge, a volunteer. “And then on the first floor he had two feet of water in the first floor of his house so we have to go around and cut the sheet rock off all of that and get that dried out and insulated. It’s a mess”.

“I’m grateful for them. They’ve done good things…because I could never do all of this myself” said Schultz.

Schultz has no flood insurance. He said he’ll pay for the repairs with money he’s saved up.

Town and state officials are trying help homeowners like Schultz alleviate the cost with state aid.

“We’ve made the reach to the governor’s office” said Sheila Meegan, West Seneca Town Supervisor. “We’re very hopeful that we will be recipients of some funding”.

Damage assessments state that roughly 66 homes were affected causing more than $700 thousand dollars in repair costs.

West Seneca Emergency Manager John Gullo said “the common damage was all mechanical so we had hot water tanks, furnaces, washers, dryers, dehumidifiers”.

It will take time for the homes to be restored. In an effort to help with the process, the town is holding an information meeting at 6pm on Tuesday at the Winchester Community Church.

State Assemblyman Michael Kearns and Town Council Member Eugene Hart were also at the flood site. They spoke with people about the damage to their homes in hopes of also helping them get assistance.

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