Authorities aware of flooding potential since fall

ANGOLA, N.Y. (WIVB) — When the rains came early Thursday, Ruth Quider knew it would be a good opportunity for kayaking — in her side yard.

“This morning this was all grass, and probably about 2 o’clock in the afternoon is when I started noticing that it started really coming out,” she said, taking a break from paddling across the lawn.

She’s lived along Old Lake Shore Drive in Angola for seven years, so the pop up pond isn’t a surprise.

So, why not get a little exercise?

“That’s just how I roll,” she said, laughing. “I’m living the dream.”

But it’s more of a nightmare for Ruth’s neighbors, Lisa Naab and David Eastman.

Like Ruth, they’ve been in this situation before.

“Six hundred dollars worth of flowers vegetables, mulch, everything,” Eastman said. “Gone. It’s a mess.”

Their frustrations grow on one simple fact: Authorities have been aware of the problem since November. Now it’s too late. And the Naabs and Eastmans want answers.

“That’s what I have been told, that’s what I have heard several times,” Naab said. “It’s supposed to be fixed a long time ago. It is an happening.”

Erie County Legislative Chairman John Mills, R-Orchard Park acknowledges that. He says he shares their concerns.

“It’s very frustrating,” Mills said. “You have to look at what’s important, what’s important is public safety. And that’s creating a big public safety issue down there. It has to be resolved not a year or two from now, this is been going on for years. It has to be resolved this year.”

But Eastman and Naab say they’ll believe that when they see action. Until then, they’re forced to make other plans, like staying dry, and keeping their families safe.

“They told me 30 to 60 days that this will get done in April, and here I am again underwater,” Eastman said. “I’m frustrated. Dogs can’t go out to the bathroom, neighbors, everybody. It’s depressing.

“Right now they could care less about the 10 families here at this affects. So I’m frustrated. I’m ready to get out.”

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