SILVER CREEK – Saturday’s heavy rains caused flooding issues in several neighborhoods, officials said Monday during a meeting of the Village Board.
Mayor Nick Piccolo conceded that there are several problems with clogged storm drains. Meanwhile, a couple said that Saturday’s floodwaters arrived with such force that first-floor windows were broken. They said the local fire department arrived with pumps to drain water from their home.
Complaints were also heard from residents on Parkway, Karen Drive and Main Street. Piccolo said he learned of raw sewage in homes on Main Street.
“We have had eight potentially major flooding situations in the last year,” said Piccolo, who noted that some damage was caused by high creek waters and some by heavy rains.
He said he has asked county officials to take responsibility for cleaning ditches and storm drains on county roads. He said Burgess and other streets have clogged storm drains and are designated as county roads.
Piccolo said these problems have been an issue in the village for several years. He also noted that the village has some of the highest taxes in Chautauqua County and does not want to raise taxes further.
“We are way behind in everything,” said the mayor, who pointed to the lingering impact of the flood of August 2009.
Sewage treatment plant operator Herm Griewisch said 4.7 million gallons were pumped through the plant after Saturday’s rains. He said the plant is rated only for 3 million gallons per day, and the bulk of Saturday’s processing was storm water – not sewage.
Residents also asked that storm drain systems in their neighborhoods be checked and reopened to allow for the free flow of water.
In other matters:
• Piccolo said the village has cited the owner of the former Seegerts Dairy Building, on Buffalo Street, ordering him to clean up the property by Wednesday.
• Piccolo said the former high school on Main Street also poses a safety issue. It has been unoccupied since 1979.
• Bids were opened for the purchase of garbage bags for residential use. Two bids were received, and the board approved a contract with Waste Zero Co., at $18,500 for 100,000 bags.
• The board OK’d a $4,950 payment to the state Department of Environmental Conservation for violations at the sewage treatment plant.