flood

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, flood, Pike.

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Wyoming County Sheriff's deputies urge caution when traveling Route 39 at Hardys Road in Pike due to heavy flooding on the roadway. 

New York State Department of Transportation crews have been dispatched to the scene.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 1:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, flood, Attica, news.

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Tonawanda Creek couldn’t hold the deluge of rain this morning, subsequently forcing the closure of Dunbar Road between Route 98 and Exchange Road in Attica due to flooding.

According to two local residents, the areas just west of, and on both sides of, the bridge on Dunbar are a farmer’s fields, which were recently planted.

Currently, the Village park is under water and crews are clearing the debris left on Main Street from earlier flooding.

UPDATE 2:27 p.m.: The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning until 8 p.m. for Northern Wyoming and Livingston, Northeastern Erie, Southern Orleans and Niagara counties. Local law enforcement has reported widespread flooding throughout the region, including the closure of many roads due to high water, debris or washouts. 

While the heavy rain has ended, it will take some time for the water to recede across the area, weather officials say.

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Tonawanda Creek on Dunbar Road.

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The above two photos are taken on Exchange Road.

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The above three photos are at Attica Village Park.

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Dunbar Road off Route 238

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Tonawanda Creek

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 9:35 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, flooding, flood.

Showers and thunderstorms developing across the region prompted the National Weather Service in Buffalo to issue a flash flood watch until midnight for portions of Central and Western New York, including Wyoming County.

The storms have the potential to be heavy rain producers and are moving slowly through the area. Excessive runoff may cause a rapid rise in small streams, creeks and poor drainage areas. 

The National Weather Service advises people to be prepared and act quickly should flooding arise. 

A flash flood watch means the threat of flash flooding exists along rivers and creeks.

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 8:07 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, flood.

Get ready for another bout of saturating rainfall. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Buffalo has issued a flood watch for Wyoming, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Erie counties.

Moderate to heavy rain is anticipated late tonight to early Sunday afternoon, with two to three inches of rain expected.

Area tributaries may significantly rise during the course of the weekend. Smaller creeks have the greatest risk of breaking their banks. Low-lying agricultural areas will likely have some flooding, the NWS reports.

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on the current forecast.

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 6:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, flood, Castile, Silver Lake.

Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph has issued a Boating Advisory and No Wake Zone for all of Silver Lake, Castile. The Sheriff advises against unnecessary boating, however the lake is not closed. 

According to Rudolph, weekend rain and flooding has caused the lake to rise several inches. The lake water rise is covering docks, damaging moored boats and placing large pieces of debris on the lake.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Park Police marine units have increased patrols to monitor the lake. The advisory is in effect approximately three days. 

See related: The Village of Perry was hit with heavy flood damages Sunday 

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 6:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Perry, weather, flood.

The residents of Wyoming County pulled together once again in response to Sunday’s flooding in the Village of Perry.

Men and women from Perry, Perry Center, Warsaw, Wyoming, Silver Springs, Castile, and Mount Morris fire departments, converged in Perry for seven-and-one-half hours to battle the rainwater that flooded village streets. Perry Fire Chief Steve Laraby was the fire chief in charge of the operation.

Seventeen fire department pump-out crews responded to 53 requests for basement pump-outs. Wyoming County provided 400 sand bags to help prevent further flooding in the village.  

The Mount Morris Fire Department was on standby if assistance was needed. Also assisting at in the village were Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Highway Department, Perry Fire Department Auxiliary, the Perry Police Department, Perry Department of Public Works, Perry Village mayor, the Town of Perry, NYSEG, RG&E, and Wyoming Correctional Facility.

The estimated loss due to damages are unavailable and there were no injuries reported at the time of this post.

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 5:45 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, flood.

A flash flood watch is in effect from 10 tonight through Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued the watch for Wyoming, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, and northern and southern Erie counties. 

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to move through the region overnight and into early Tuesday morning, which has the potential to produce very heavy rainfall in a short period of time. Recent significant rainfall has caused the ground to become saturated and streams to run high, which may lead to flash flooding.

The greatest potential for flash flooding is across the Southern Tier, Genesee Valley and the Finger Lakes. The watch means the threat of flash flooding exists along rivers and creeks.

The National Weather Service advises residents to monitor weather conditions closely and be ready to move to higher ground if flooding occurs or a warning is issued.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 5:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, flood, Warsaw.

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The Village of Warsaw is no longer under a state of emergency, Village Mayor Joe Robinson said this afternoon.

In response to the massive flooding over the weekend, the mayor placed the village under a state of emergency. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), Warsaw received approximately 1.87 inches of rain May 30. 

“Doug Ingles’ rain gauge measured six inches of rain,” Robinson said. “I’m more inclined to believe that than 1.87 inches.”

Heavy rains flooded many roadways in the Downtown area prompting the call, which enabled the village to use outside resources. 

“We brought in town resources and it allowed us to ask for help from the county,” Robinson said.

After clean-up crews managed the disaster Saturday night, Sunday officials toured the village to assess the damages.

“The worst hit areas were Wyoming Street, between West Court and West Buffalo streets,” Robinson said. “Lower Highland Avenue and the Linwood Avenue Extension had excessive flooding as well. Logs, boulders and debris were brought down from the hills which clogged the drainage pipes.”

Once the pipes were cleared, the water began to recede; and Department of Transportation crews weren't the only ones clearing storm drains. Many residents throughout the village took shovels and rakes to drains near their property and cleared a path.

“It is amazing to see a community pull together,” Robinson said. “That’s what makes Warsaw so great.”

The mayor asks that residents be patient while clean up begins in earnest. The village will extend the pick up of yard waste and debris for the next several weeks. At this time, the village has yet to determine pick up of damaged bulky household items. However, Robinson said, residents are welcome to bring their items to the Recycling Center on Industrial Street. Standard fees apply.

“One homeowner on Wyoming Street said she was amazed at how quickly crews were able to clean up the area,” Robinson said.

Fire companies from Warsaw, Wyoming, Silver Springs, Perry Center, Varysburg, Attica, and Pike were in the village for 11 hours Saturday aiding stranded motorists, pumping out flooded basements and directing traffic around the village. 

Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Wyoming County Highway Department, Warsaw Fire Department Auxiliary, Warsaw Police Department, Warsaw Department of Public Works, Warsaw Village Mayor, NYS DOT, NYS Emergency Management Office, NYS Troopers, Town of Warsaw, NYSEG, RG&E, and the American Red Cross also assisted in the village. Fire Departments standing by were Bliss, Gainesville and North Java.

“With that being said, one of the things the State Emergency Management said was “I'm amazed at the amount of man power that got out here and how quick they got here. I don't see that a lot in other areas.” I give credit to Wyoming County Management to get the coordination that quick, but seemed almost instant the fire department were out there pumping out basements,” Robinson said.

Today, all roads open and passable and the village is investigating getting help from the state. Wyoming County Emergency Management Director Tony Santoro is reaching out to Gov. Cuomo to also see what help is available from the state. The village is asking the federal government as well.

Additionally, the mayor is investigating if homeowners would qualify for state aid.

“It's going to be a really unexpected expense to the village,” Robinson said. “But, it will not fall on the shoulders of the taxpayers. We are investigating all possibility for aid. We want to help facility help for residents if we can.

“Clean up is getting easier, but still ongoing,” the mayor said. “The wheels move slow at times from the state end, so please be patient.” 

The first avenue a homeower should take is to contact an insurance company. If it's a village issue, they will be happy to address and answer questions. For more information call, (585) 786-2120. 

See related: Less than two inches of rain fell in Warsaw Saturday, May 30.  

Monday, June 1, 2015 at 1:56 pm

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A mere 1.87 inches of rain fell in Warsaw between 8 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. To put that figure into perspective, it would be like 28 inches of snowfall in 24 hours.

The Village of Warsaw was placed in a state of emergency Saturday due to localized flooding along Main Street and roads east and west of Route 19 in the village. A swiftly moving storm caused flash flooding of roads, stranded motorists, turned backyards into muddy swimming pools, and flooded approximately more than two dozen residential basements. According to officials at the National Weather Service in Buffalo, flash flooding is caused by heavy rainfall in a very short period of time. 

Fire companies from Warsaw, Wyoming, Silver Springs, Perry Center, Perry, Varysburg and Pike were in the village for 11 hours Saturday aiding stranded motorists, pumping out flooded basements and directing traffic around the village. Flood waters closed down a portion of Route 20A, east and west of Route 19, and broke the banks of the Oatka. The muddy water raged down roads bringing with it leaves, branches and other debris. 

Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Wyoming County Highway Department, Warsaw Fire Department Auxiliary, Warsaw Police Department, Warsaw Department of Public Works, Warsaw Village Mayor, NYS DOT, NYS Emergency Management Office, NYS Troopers, Town of Warsaw, NYSEG, RG&E, and the American Reg Cross also assisted in the village. Fire departments standing by were Bliss, Gainesville and North Java.

“It was amazing to see the emergency crews in action,” said Warsaw Town Supervisor Rebecca Ryan. “They had a staging area set up behind the Government Center to handle all the calls coming in.”

Twenty fire department pump-out crews operated in the village with 38 requests for basement pump-outs. Additionally, four fire departments were on standby with eight more portable pumps available. Firefighters rescued multiple people stranded in their cars stuck in the flooded roadways as well.

The American Red Cross provided housing for one person, and caseworkers will be following up with all those affected to assess any ongoing needs. The New York State Police provided transportation for seven people who were displaced by the floodwater. 

While the storm left most unscathed, the Warsaw Cemetery was not so lucky. Several very large trees fell, damaging the grounds and headstones near where the Veterans Memorial is placed. Although the trees were not uprooted by the floodwater, with the deluge of that magnitude, the heavy rain could bring with it  quick, very localized surface wind that could cause the destruction of the trees, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials.

According to the NOAA, the total amount of rainfall for the county from 8 a.m. Saturday to the same time Sunday was approximately 3.54 inches with 1.69 inches falling three miles north of Silver Springs, 1.82 inches in Portageville and 1.54 inches three miles east of Varysburg. 

See also: Heavy rain floods Main Street in Warsaw

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