Silver Creek officials, under a state flood-prevention program, are seeking relief from potential flooding from lake water.
Mayor Vince Tampio said he hopes that the village's ranking in flood damage -- second in the state -- will be helpful in securing such assistance.
Barbara Brewer, an engineer with URS Greiner of Buffalo, is contracting with the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a cost-benefit analysis for a potential project. The study is expected to be completed by mid-February and is being done at no cost to the village.
The village has provided documentation of flood damage in the last several years totaling nearly $10 million.
Under federal regulations for the program, a project must provide a "temporary" solution to flooding because of high lake water levels. For example, a levy is considered temporary, and a breakwater is a permanent structure.
Ice-jam flooding typically occurs in the village during springtime. Much of the flooding is attributed to the buildup of a sandbar in Lake Erie where Silver and Walnut creeks empty into the lake.
During a visit Saturday to the village, Ms. Brewer outlined the state's advanced-measures program. The Corps of Engineers and the federal government must give the go-ahead for any proposed project.
She also noted that lake water levels have been about 3 feet higher than normal. Lake levels in July were as high as when the village experienced its last major flood.
"When you look at the lake level, it is higher than the creeks," Tampio said.
Ms. Brewer said the project is still in the very preliminary stages.
If the Corps of Engineers makes a visit to the village to discuss any work, a project will have a good chance of being done in Silver Creek, she said.
"Right now, there are about 100 'ifs,' " Tampio said.