SILVER CREEK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Tuesday morning in Silver Creek, two dozen homes, a trailer park, and the fire hall were evacuated as flood waters rushed down Oliver Place and Lincoln Avenue, to Central Avenue where the fire hall is located.
Walnut Creek and Silver Creek overflowed their banks, causing flash flooding. Mayor Nick Piccolo says a trailer park, which had been destroyed during flooding in 2009, this time was spared damage.
The mayor got the call at 7:30 a.m. from the fire chief that flooding was likely. Around 9:30 a.m., the rushing water started descending down, leaving up to two feet of water in some areas.
Piccolo believes a blockage in the creeks further up in the hills, possibly in Arkwright, Sheridan or Forestville, caused the flooding. The waters quickly receded in Silver Creek, but caused major problems in Gowanda.
News 4′s 4 Warn Weather team is reminding residents not to drive through flooded roadways. Meteorologist Bryan Shaw says it is impossible to tell how deep flooding is on roadways because the road could be washed away. He warns that six inches of water is enough to sweep a person away, and a foot of water is enough to sweep away a vehicle.
Randolph Schools Superintendent Kimberly Moritz says the district was delayed two hours because of flooding, Tuesday morning.