Resident returns home after being displaced by winter flood


WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A West Seneca resident will be able to sleep in his home for the first time in nearly a year Saturday.

“After 11 months, I finally got back and I’m glad,” Bob Schultz told News 4.  Schultz is a resident of West Seneca’s Lexington Green neighborhood. “There’s nothing like west-senecarepairshome,” he added.

Schultz was displaced from his house on Brian Lane in January when an ice jam in the Buffalo River caused a flash flood in West Seneca.

At that time his floors were wet with mud and water and the walls were stripped down to the beams.

Bob told News 4 in January that he was shocked to see so much damage. “It was hectic. I mean when I saw everything, I just sat down for a couple of minutes.”

Water filled his basement and up to two feet on his first floor. There was so much water that construction crews had to tear out four feet of paneling from each wall in the house.

Schultz had to replace nearly everything. He has a new furnace, washer, dryer, cabinets, blinds and vanities. He’s still working on getting new furniture. He said even though he’s in the home, it will still take him months to get everything back to normal.

Luckily volunteers not only helped him clean up, but they also donated time and materials to fix the home. The money came from the Lexington Green Fund.

“When I saw them all coming in, they were washing everything down and they helped with some of the furniture and put it where it belonged. I couldn’t do it,” Schultz said.  Schultz called them “life savers” and thanks to their help, Schultz is finally back home.

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