BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Parts of Western New York were still under a flood watch Wednesday night. Entire neighborhoods are dealing with flooded basements and washed out roads. Rushing water tore through a bridge on Burch Drive in South Valley. 3 homes had to be evacuated in Falconer, but luckily there haven’t been any reports of injuries.
It was a common scene in Jamestown, water being pumped out of basements. Vince Williams works at Sneakers bar. “All of our walk in coolers and compressors are under water it’s a mess down there. The kegs and stuff are all floating around. It’s not a pretty sight at all,” said Williams.
Jamestown High School teacher, Mr. Olson is using the heavy rains as an opportunity to get his Earth Science students out of the building for a hands-on learning experience. “They just wanted to see all the manhole covers that were popping up and some of the kids had basement flooding. If you live down by the Chadakoin this is the lowest part of the city, so that’s where a lot of flooding happens,” said Olson.
Seven miles away in Frewsberg, schools closed for the day as residents dealt with rushing waters which forced some road closures. “My mom’s place flooded and I had to come down and check on the horses and I have to go get some more sheets and stuff to help bail out the water that’s going in the house,” said resident Patty Mead.
In Falconer, the mayor says 5 inches of rain caused a lot of damage. “We had to evacuate 3 homes. A lot of calls for the fire dept on flooded basements,” said Falconer mayor David Krieg.
Elmwood Avenue was one of the hardest hit streets. The decision was made early in the day to close down schools there as well. “There’s roads getting flooded that they wouldn’t be able to get their kids home and we wanted to err on the side of caution,” said Krieg.
Wes Paulisick’s basement flooded with 4 feet of water. “I couldn’t even get down there with my boots on because it goes up higher than my boots,” said Paulisick.
He got bad news, the insurance company says he’s not covered for floods. Once all the water is pumped out, residents are dreading the clean up. “You want to come down and help? There will be slime and mud everywhere,” said Williams.
Village of Westfield confirms that residents are asked to conserve water for the next 24 hours. Heavy rains drew a lot of muddy water into their system so they cannot treat the water temporarily.