All of the creeks in the Buffalo area have flooded or are expected to flood Monday following heavy rains Sunday, according to the National Weather Service office in Buffalo.
The creeks involved are:
- Buffalo Creek Near Gardenville
- Cayuga Creek Near Lancaster
- Ellicott Creek Near Williamsville
- Cazenovia Creek Near Ebenezer
- Tonawanda Creek At Batavia
- Tonawanda Creek At Rapids
"The crest times vary by creek," explained meteorologist Kirk Apffel.
Cayuga Creek at Lancaster already crested and was still flooding as of about 6 a.m. Buffalo Creek at Gardenville and Cazenovia Creek at Ebenezer are expected to crest this morning. Cazenovia Creek has already reached moderate flooding stage.
Ellicott Creek near Williamsville is expected to crest late Monday night.
Tonawanda Creek already flooded in Attica where it was back below flood stage by Monday morning, but that run off was expected to reach Batavia this afternoon, Apffel said. Tonawanda Creek in Rapids is not going to crest until late Tuesday night.
Flooding has caused problems around the region, including the Town of Evans, East Aurora and Fredonia.
Sunday night, a giant sink hole opened up in the parking lot next to Mike Dee's, a cafe on Main and Willow streets in the Village of East Aurora.
Monday morning, the right lanes of both inbound and westbound Route 5 between First Street and Lincoln Avenue in the City of Lackawanna were closed.
The weather service reported 24-hour rainfall totals for the region Monday morning. Among the highest totals included Mayville in Chautauqua County with 3.37 inches of ran as of 7 a.m. Monday. In Erie County, the top totals were recorded in Hamburg with 2.64 inches and East Aurora with 2.35 inches. The airport recorded 1.69 inches.
More rain showers are in the forecast Monday but they are not expected to have an impact on the flooding.
The highs today will be in the upper 40s with lows overnight around the freezing point.