SILVER CREEK, N.Y. (WIVB) – One day after flood waters rushed through the village, people in Silver Creek are assessing the damage and cleaning up.
The debris on the lakefront shows the power of the water that rushed through Silver Creek on Tuesday. Our News 4 crew saw everything from small twigs and branches, to what looks like corn stalks left on the beach, to large boards that apparently washed off a structure. Large logs and tree stumps also litter the beach.
Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo says that wood will be hauled to a different site to dry and then turned into mulch eventually. He says the biggest task now is surveying all of the damage and getting an accurate picture of what all needs to be repaired and cleaned up.
Crews had started hosing down mud and debris covered streets in the village Wednesday morning. The mayor says state crews were helping with that task on the main highways at the same time.
As of Wednesday morning, village workers had gotten the sewer plant back online after it was overwhelmed by the flood waters the day before. Tests Wednesday showed the water is still safe to drink.
And the Red Cross has now closed the shelter that it had set up in the Silver Creek school for the dozen or so families that had to be evacuated during the flooding. First responders were busy helping pump out homes, businesses, and churches that were left with water inside after the floods. One day after the worst of the water rushed through town, everyone was looking over and cleaning up their own property.
“The water, I guess, did come about halfway across the street but it never made it into the house, but we have a hill in the backyard, so it came down the hill and we had some mud and flooding, water in the basement,” said one Silver Creek resident, Kristin Lotz, who saw the debris on the beach as she was walking her dog Wednesday morning. Walnut Creek meets the lake near where she was walking.
The creek is now back in its banks, and Silver Creek residents are hoping for drier weather to last to help keep the creek from overflowing again.