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Hamburg streets all open; flood threat monitored

With 100 percent of roads open in the Town of Hamburg, Supervisor Steven Walters today said attention is focused on the threat of flooding, which hasn’t materialized.

“We’re keeping an eye on our creeks and streams with respect to flooding,” Walters said early this afternoon. “Right now, they seem to be handling all the flow nicely. There’s been no significant pooling in the streets. The storm drains are handling the flow well.”

The absence of heavy rains has “been a Godsend,” Walters said. Snowmelt is proceeding without major issues, although some residents have a little water in their basements.

Since the ground wasn’t frozen, it’s been able to absorb and move a lot of the water, he said. “We’ve got good conditions for a fairly quick thaw,” Walters said.

The melting is helping alleviate the issue of large piles of snow in neighborhoods, he noted. Even so, crews are moving snow to dumping areas, which include the parking lot at Woodlawn Beach. Metalico on Route 5 also has provided acreage for that purpose, Walters said.