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.