Rain mixes with sewer water in Buffalo, Cheektowaga

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Heavy rains have caused street runoff to mix with sewer water.

According to the NY Alert system, there was a 14 hour period on Tuesday where up to 8,100 gallons per minute of untreated water were discharged from the Harlem Road Station into the Scajaquada Creek.

According to the NY State Depart of Environmental Conservation, Under the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law, publicly owned treatment works and publicly owned sewer systems are required to notify DEC within two hours of a sewage discharge. Through the NY-Alert system, municipalities will make the information available to the general public and neighboring municipalities. DEC partnered with the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to enhance the electronic NY-Alert notification system so that reporting is free of charge to municipalities and the broadcasting of sewage spill alerts is rapidly available. NY-Alert is used by New York State agencies and municipalities for public safety messaging.   For instructions on how to receive alerts about sewage spills through NY-Alert, visit DEC’s website.  www.dec.ny.gov

The heavy rains are also leaving a mark on basements. Advanced Sewer and Drain Cleaning has been busy with flooded basements, and other drainage problems.

“The customer called us complaining of water spilling over from a conductor line in the back of the home.” said plumber Tony Luckowski. “I usually tell people to get the sewer cleaned once a year especially in neighborhoods with larger trees and more established neighborhoods. The roots do inundate the sewer.”

At Greg’s U-Pick Farm in Clarence, strawberry picking season is going well, but the seven inches of rain in two weeks has made farming a challenge, according to Amy Spoth. “We were supposed to be planting some summer crops, zuccini stuff like that. That’s gonna be delayed so we have our first planting but our second planting is gonna be delayed.”

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