West Seneca takes action to stop flooding

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Going into this spring’s thaw, residents in West Seneca will have several extra feet of protection from the Buffalo Creek. The Buffalo Creek hasn’t been a very good neighbor to residents of Lexington Green in West Seneca.

After the creek flooded the neighborhood twice, the town is building a wall between the two.

Engineer Dave Johnson said, “We came up with a fast solution for a short-term mitigation for this project to give the homeowners a little extra sense of safety for the spring thaw.”

The wall is made up of hundreds of specialty sandbags, filled with recycled concrete donated by local companies.

Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan said, “This is a huge savings to the town this flood has been an extreme burden to the taxpayers and to the homeowners and to us as a town.”

The town engineers said this added height would have prevented the second flood and lessened the impact of the first.

West Seneca resident Jim Mehnart said, “It has to help and we are really thankful for the donation. The town doesn’t have that money and the guys are working out here in the zero weather, it has to help, we’re very happy with it.”

These bags are designed to last several years, but they’re hoping to find a more permanent solution here.

Meegan said, “It’s a temporary fix, obviously come spring time we are going to look for a more permanent solution to the issues they are facing due to the changes in the berm and the creek erosion.”

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