Officials monitor creeks from helicopter

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The mission to prevent future flooding in West Seneca has reached new heights. Town officials took a helicopter tour above Buffalo and Cazenovia Creeks Friday morning.

West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan and a Buffalo city engineer flew over the creeks in the Erie County Sheriff’s Air One helicopter. What they saw were creeks jam-packed with ice.

In the last two months, ice has caused Buffalo Creek to twice overflow its banks and the berm and flood the Lexington Green subdivision, routing families from their homes. After surveying the ice covered creeks, Meegan and other town officials met with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and state environmental officials to come up with a plan for a permanent solution for controlling Buffalo Creek.

In the meantime, the plan is to unpack sandbags, fill them, and build up the bank along these backyards. Another plan is to use an old strawberry field upstream to catch the floodwaters, before the creek reaches Lexington Green.

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