Crews alleviating Cayuga Creek flood dangers

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – More than $1 million will flow into the villages of Depew and Lancaster as part of an effort to reduce the flood threat from Cayuga Creek.

Crews were back at work Monday on a the Lancaster Federal Flood Control Project, which will remove silt, sand and gravel from 1.5 miles of the creek to better protect the nearby villages to future storms.

The $1.7 million project is funded by NY Works. It will also realign and widen the channel, create earth levees and enhancements, a floodwall, bank protection, two pump stations and multiple drainage structures. It’s aim is to protect the nearly 140 properties along that stretch of Cayuga Creek.

NY Works began in July and is removing 60,000-cubic yards of accumulated shoal material from the engineered channel of the creek from Lake Avenue in Lancaster to Penora Street in Depew. Removing the shoal deposits should restore the creek’s capacity to contain flood waters.

Around half of the shoal deposits are contaminated with Japanese Knotweed, an invasive species that can form large thickets. Though the shoal removal project should wrap up by the end of October, it will take longer to dispose of the contaminated shoal in accordance with proper procedures.

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