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Angola residents express concerns about flooding, drainage problems

With more rain in the forecast, residents on parts of TerryLynn Drive and Sunset Boulevard in the Village of Angola are worried about flooding on their properties.

Laurie Reitz, of TerryLynn, told the Village Board on Monday night that she so dreaded a heavy rainstorm and the possibility that “something awful” would happen, that she canceled lunch plans recently to prepare for flooding and drainage problems that she expected.

“It is excessive what happened at the end of the village,” Reitz said, adding that she also has difficulty enjoying going on vacation without worrying about what she could come home to find if heavy rains occur while she is away.

She said she wanted to work with board members to find a solution to the problem.

“I’m asking you to take another look at it,” Reitz said. “We have a retention that became a retention pond for six homes.”

According to Reitz, her back porch is eroding and she would like help from the village.

“We certainly will help you as much as we can,” Mayor Howard M. “Hub” Frawley said, suggesting that the residents also seek help from the Erie County Sewer Authority.

“We also had sewage coming out of our pipe,” Reitz said, noting that the water is “washing” into her home.

Frawley told the residents the village has tried to assist with fixing the problems in the past.

“I believe we did put some drainage in there,” Frawley said.

Sunset Boulevard resident Raymond Murphy voiced his displeasure with Frawley and said the village needs to help fix the problem. He said he and his wife came home recently and found raw sewage in the basement.

According to Murphy, this is not the first time that this occurred.

“I had to throw out more stuff again,” Murphy said.

Reitz told the board that her in-laws owned the house where she lives from 1968 to 1986 and that the only flooding issue they ever had was a result of their sump pump breaking. She said that she has lived in the house since 1986 and did not experience problems until the winter of 2008. Ever since a “fast thaw” that winter, she said, there have been continuing issues.

Frawley said he would call the county and see about trying to get the issue resolved.

The system also is near Lake Shore Middle School, and the residents asked if a meeting could be set up among them, village officials and school district officials as they try and solve the issue long term.