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Lake-Effect Snows Rapidly Melting in Buffalo, Flooding Ensues

25 Nov 2014, 11:21 am

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Last week, more than seven feet of snow fell — in a five-day period — in parts of the Buffalo Metro Area. Since then, it’s rained and temperatures warmed significantly. All of these combined factors have lead to a significant risk of flooding for parts of south Buffalo.

According to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, runoff form the melting snow is causing minor flooding in some of the creeks in the area. The main concern will be flooding in basements and people are being told to take precautions now. They’re being asked to remove items from their basements and run sump pumps, if they have them.

Here are the areas most likely to be impacted, according to WeatherNation affiliate WGRZ.

“A flood warning is in effect for Tonawanda Creek in Batavia until later this evening. At 8 a.m. Tuesday, the creek was at 8.9 feet and rising. Flood stage is 9 feet. The river is expected to crest at 9.3 feet Tuesday afternoon.

Some flooding is possible, especially near Kibbe Park, Walnut Street and Law Street. Flooding in rural areas of Alexander and the Alabama Swamps is possible

A flood warning remains in effect for Ellicott Creek — near Williamsville — from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday morning. At 8 a.m. Tuesday, the water was at 6.8 feet and rising — the flood level is at 8 feet. Some flooding along Aero Drive, from Holtz to Transit Road, is possible. As well as the bike bath at Ellicott Creek Park.”

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