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CITY'S NORTH BUFFALO FLOOD PLAN IS TOPIC OF HEARING WEDNESDAY

A public hearing on community concerns over the Buffalo Sewer Authority's plans for North Buffalo flood relief will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Common Council Chambers by Delaware Council Member Alfred T. Coppola.

The specific issue involves construction of an 85-foot-deep shaft at Wesley and Huntington avenues that will involve blasting and the closing of Wesley to traffic for about 18 months.

The Council's May 16 agenda included a community letter saying that driveways of three or four houses and the front door of one house will be unusable during construction.

Gillman J. Laehy, general manager of the authority, said: "There will be inconveniences. "I've never seen a convenient construction job yet. We're working out easements under which people will be paid for inconveniences, some as much as $4,500."

The project involves diverting water from heavy rains to a quarry off East Amherst Street as a way to relieve cellar flooding that has long troubled North Buffalo. "We're trying to help people, not hinder them," Laehy insisted.

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