West Seneca residents watch creek during thaw, rain

WEST SENECA, N.Y.  (WIVB)- With this week’s thaw and rains on the way, neighbors in West Seneca are looking nervously at Buffalo Creek, and then back at the damage from the last time it flooded. The 4 Warn Weather team has been warning us all week about the warm up and the flood risk its creating. The potential conditions will play out Thursday.

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Six weeks ago Buffalo Creek overflowed into the streets of the Lexington Green neighborhood. Some people even had to be evacuated from their homes. many are still recovering from the damage.

Western New York can expect rain and warmer temperatures Thursday. That has neighbors anxiously watching the water level. While West Seneca town officials do what they can to prepare for the worst.

Flood victim Michelle Pikula said, “The kitchen window looks over the creek, and I just stare at it. I’m worried about, there’s probably a ten to 20-foot wall of ice that’s on the other side of the creek that just runs, and I don’t know what’s gonna happen with that.”

Buffalo Fire Boat Captain Tom Bunk said, “We keep working the ice, keep it broke up so it flows. When the thaw comes and we’re getting a little bit of rain this week, everything will eventually flow into the river, which ends up in the lake. So we want to keep it so that it doesn’t form up and stack.”

The West Seneca Emergency Manager John Gullo says he is waiting for the rain and watching the water levels of Buffalo and Cazenovia Creeks. If the water level exceeds the flood stage, Gullo says they will immediately go into response mode.

Highway crews, police and volunteers will be working around the clock to keep an eye on it. Neighbors in West Seneca are also worried it might flood Thursday night.

People in South Buffalo are also concerned. Joseph Ledick and his family have lived on Avondale Place since the 1950’s. He says when it thaws like this, water and ice back up at the Buffalo River, causing flooding. As a result it’s made him take a lot of precautions for days like this.

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