Ice, snow clog breaks, creek drops in elevation momentarily


WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Ice and snow are traveling through creeks across Buffalo, namely Cazenovia and Buffalo Creek, Sunday. Officials are hoping it continues to flow smoothly.

Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference Sunday in front of flowing water, noting the potential dangers and what leaders are doing to prepare for creeks to flood, and subsequently surrounding areas to flood.

Minutes after the governor started talking, the Buffalo Creek rose by two feet.

Nearby Cazenovia creek’s elevation also jumped to over 11 feet as a dam formed of ice and snow. The dam broke Sunday evening, and it’s fallen again to a slightly above normal five foot high level. Residents and officials in South Buffalo and the southtowns are still preparing to deal with what will happen if the creeks do fail to drain excess water. A deadly wintry blast slammed the region last week.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has explained there are dozens of boats, pumps, sand bags to respond to potential emergencies. He said they’re a precautionary measure, noting he hopes they don’t need to use the tools they’ve brought in. Officials have brought materials from the following list to several staging areas, one of which is Erie Community College’s north campus.


28 boats here, 26 on way

Swift water teams

375 pumps

176,000 sand bags

Sandbaggers to fill the bags

30 light towers

30 more pumps


“Floods are much more dangerous and destructive than people think.” Cuomo said Sunday, “It’s not water, it’s a toxic brew that happens in a flood.”

Cuomo said flooding can cause tremendous damage to anything it hits. He said he “learned that lesson the hard way.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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