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Town of Tonawanda residents complain about flooded streets

A half dozen residents of Dalton Drive complained to the Tonawanda Town Board on Monday night that their road floods regularly, even when there's not record-breaking amounts of rain.

Dawn Filbert told board members she's missed work because she can't get out of her driveway because her road is flooded.

Kirk Rowland, the town's water and sewer maintenance supervisor, told residents that there was a blockage in storm water pipes last week that has been repaired. But he admitted that likely did not permanently solve the problem.

The town received 32 calls about flooded basements Friday and another three calls over the weekend. Rowland said there likely would have been 200 such complaints 15 years ago. He said crews have "cleaned like crazy" to keep the sanitary and storm water lines clear.

"We are doing everything we can to lessen that impact and realize that one is too many, especially if that is your basement," Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger said.

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