SILVER CREEK -- Sunset Bay residents met Monday to learn about emergency response plans in the event of a flood in the next few days.
Town Supervisor Kathy Tampio announced the planning session Monday at the regular meeting of the Town Board.
Tampio said the Sunset Bay Fire Department had emergency response personnel ready to answer questions for residents of the area. Firefighters are keeping close watch of Cattaraugus Creek. The thaw and rain in the next few days may produce flooding due to ice jams and the large amount of snowmelt.
Water from another source was a concern to residents in the Town of Hanover on Sunday evening. About 100 people were affected by a leak in a main water transmission line on Routes 5 & 20.
Homes and businesses from the Hanford Road area toward the Silver Creek village area were affected from about 4:30 to 7 p.m. while crews repaired a line that was sheared.
Town Water Department Supervisor Harold Anger said the break was caused by shifting in the ground due to freezing and water melt-off. He said the line may have been installed in the 1930s.
Anger said the line was restrengthened, cleaned out and clamped. This was the second major water leak of the new year. The first was also along Routes 5 & 20 but was isolated and caused water loss to very few people. Anger said the line was slated to be replaced but was not done with the last major repair project.