Silver Creek cleans up following severe weather

SILVER CREEK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Severe weather and flooding Silver Creek hard in 2009. Now emergency crews and First Responders’ are cleaning up once again.

Bruce Brunner, Silver Creek resident had his property damaged in 2009. “It’s supposed to be a 100 year flood, but it happened again, it’s a little depressing,” he said. Now this severe weather is history repeating itself. ” We went through this in 2009 and it happened again,” he said.

He spent $50 thousand dollars to fix his backyard after the 2009 flood, just to see the rising flood waters destroy his pool, basement and fence again. Brunner said, “It’s a quiet village but it’s getting tough, it really is.” The basement of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church had to be pumped out. The church Pastor caught the flooding on camera.

Father Dan Fiebelkorn said, “We pulled up on the parkway, right behind us, and the water was running along the creek around the side of the school building. Then it just kept getting stronger and stronger, and before long it looks like a raging river right through here.”

Much of the church property quickly filled up with mud and water. Between 50 and 75 homes had to be evacuated from Brocton to Silver Creek. But just 12 families in silver creek alone were evacuated.  First Responders say it’s the nature of living at the bottom of the hill.

Jeff Griewisch, Village Disaster Coordinator said, “We are where it all ends up, so the creeks maxed out and trees and what not come down with it. Not as bad as last time, which which we are thankful for. Hopefully the big guy upstairs is watching over us.”

The Mayor said the majority of the damage hit Main Street Tuesday afternoon. He had to evacuate the Village hall in the middle of the work day. He says the water was at least 3-feet high. Nick Piccolo, Mayor Village of Silver Creek said, “Walnut Creek is our nemesis. When they get hit up the hill we get everything that’s up there. Plus, the debris water and everything.”

The Red Cross set up shelters at the local high school to help those who may need food or a place to stay. Nicole Roma, Red Cross Volunteer, said, “History proves that there’s always reoccurring flooding coming out just because it happened once six years ago, doesn’t mean it can’t happen again,” she said.

 

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