Rain opens up sinkhole in Clarence Center


CLARENCE CENTER, N.Y. (WIVB) – Rain and flooding in Clarence Center has caused a sinkhole at Greiner and Krause. With more rain on the way, it’s only likely to get worse.

Across Erie County, much of the rain stopped around 7 p.m. on Thursday. Soaking rains turned to occasional drizzle.

Beeman Creek was rising in Clarence Center earlier, causing flooding fears for those who live along the creek.

Darci McKinley Lewis said, “Happens all the time it rains heavy. I just make sure the power stays on and the sump pumps keep going.”

Clarence Center Fire Chief Steven Leising said, “The whole district is fairly low so we can get flooding in select spots of the district but the northern part is where we see most of it.”

Firefighters are aware of the sinkhole, which has been cordoned off.

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