Lunch-hour thunderstorm quickly causes flooding
The fifth rainiest June in Buffalo weather history just keeps getting wetter.
A sudden thunderstorm during the lunch hour Thursday drenched the metro area with half an inch of rain in a matter of minutes. Officially, the National Weather Service Office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport measured 0.55 of an inch. Numerous viaducts in the area flooded.
That brought the total for the month so far to 7.33 inches. Record rainfall for June is 9.67 inches, and it's not out of reach. Although today's forecast is all sunshine, the chance of showers and thunderstorms returns over the weekend
Shortly before 1:30 p.m. Thursday, lightning struck the masonry wall of a building that houses Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers, sending bricks cascading onto some cars parked outside the structure. Damage to the building at 1250 Niagara St. was estimated at $25,000 and about $25,000 property damage was caused to four vehicles.
South Grand Island Bridges taking vacation from work
Construction work on the South Grand Island Bridges will take a holiday over the Fourth of July weekend.
The State Thruway Authority reports that contractors will suspend operations on both of the south bridges from next Friday morning until the evening of July 6.
Before the holiday weekend arrives, the northbound bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday so contractors can continue replacing decking on the bridge. The southbound bridge will be reduced to one lane from 10 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. next Friday for work on guardrails.
Exhibit scheduled to close is held over until Aug. 8
An exhibit on the contributions of Pope John Paul II to improving relations between Catholics and Jews, due to close Wednesday in the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 453 Porter Ave., has been held over until Aug. 8.
The extension of the touring exhibit, "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People," is "due to unprecedented attendance numbers and tremendous community support," museum director Christopher Kelly said.
The exhibit is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except Mondays.
Accommodations made to house preschool program
The Holland School District will send more of its preschoolers off-campus next year for its universal prekindergarten program.
The School Board voted, 4-3, Monday to hold only one of its three pre-K classes at H.O. Brumsted Elementary School and the other two at Color Your World Daycare on Route 16.
This is a reversal of how the half-day program, which runs five days a week from September to June, operated last year and may result in a lottery system to determine where the 4-year-olds will attend the program, Superintendent Dennis Johnson said.