Residents in the Lexington Green area of West Seneca were slogging on Sunday through the damage that was dealt to them Saturday night, when Buffalo Creek flooded, leaving as much as a few feet of water in some roadways and some basements.
Local fire departments helped residents pump water out of their basements Sunday, while town highway crews worked to clear ice and other debris from the roads. Brian Lane was still closed Sunday afternoon.
Seventy homes were affected this weekend, town officials said. Though many residents were encouraged to evacuate Saturday night, most remained in their houses. Only about a dozen people spent the night in a warming station at the Vigilant Fire Department, Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan said.
Huge chunks of ice created havoc amid the quick thaw, spurred by unusually high temperatures, from last week’s polar vortex.
“There were boulders of ice blocks barreling through these neighborhoods,” Meegan said. “This hasn’t happened since 1977.”
Town highway crews were pulling chunks of ice out of the neighborhood Sunday and taking them to the town’s highway department to help clear Lexington Green, she said.
The flooding began at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, when water from the creek backed up through storm sewers, according to John Gullo, who oversees emergency operations for the town. At the peak of the flooding, as much as four or five feet of water was in the streets, he said.
The basements of many homes flooded, as well, to varying degrees. Houses on Gregory Drive saw anywhere from a couple of inches of water in the basement to six feet, Gullo said.