West Seneca prepares for potential flooding

Feb 19, 2014

With the possibility of more flooding on the way West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan says the town is on "high alert." It was just a little over a month ago that dozens of homes were severely damaged in the Lexington Green neighborhood.

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With the arrival of warmer temperatures and rain, West Seneca Emergency Manager John Gullo says creek levels in the town are being monitored closely.  

"We're also going to do something different this year. We're going to make relief cuts into the ice so that the water can come through the ice and hopefully burn through that and melt some of it down," Gullo said.

According to Gullo, other precautionary measures are being taken but if creeks begin rising pallets of sand bags will be delivered to strategic locations in flood prone areas for residents to use.

Coincidentally, starting today, the people in the 70 homes flooded last month can apply for a low interest loan to pay for repairs.  

"We did a needs assessment throughout the neighborhood," Meegan said.

"And it's a huge positive out of a negative just coming in to give us some financial relief."

West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan is encouraging all residents affected by last month's flooding in Lexington Green to apply. The Small Business Administration will be at the Winchester Community Church on Harlem Road Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.