November 26, 2014

After the storm - flood waters cause concern

Cazenovia Creek level rises above flood stage Monday afternoon.

SOUTH BUFFALO - The Snowvember storm that took South Buffalo and the southtowns by surprise was not the only concern for area residents during the month. Record high temperatures hit the region just six days after the storm that dumped nearly eight feet of snow in areas of Western New York. The sixty-degree temperatures that fell upon the region on Monday, Nov 24 wasted no time in melting away the mounds of accumulated snow, causing widespread water flow issues throughout area basements, creeks and rivers.

Cazenovia and Buffalo creeks were on the watch list for areas that could result in flooding. As the temperatures rose so did the water’s level. Buffalo Police personnel were stationed at various bridge crossings to alert city officials and passing motorists of any possible flooding problems. Buffalo Fire Department personnel rode in golf carts the length of the creek watching water levels throughout Cazenovia Park and the Legion Drive area. While the creeks rose to near flood level at eleven feet, flooding damages remained minimal compared to the havoc that the snow storm a week earlier unleashed on the area.

Buffalo police officers held vigil at the edge of Cazenovia Creek throughout the night on Monday and into Tuesday morning. The concern was that any ice lodged up the creek that broke through could produce a rapid rise in the creek’s level, and could strike the bottom of the bridges, and the wiring the underpass of the bridges contained, causing additional damage.

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