Supervisor: Clarence Roads Back to Normal in 3 Days
Clarence, NY (WBEN) After a week of ice, rain, warmer temperatures, and flooding, roads in Clarence should be back to normal by the start of next week.
But that's weather permitting according to Supervisor Dave Hartzell. "If it warms up and we get rain next week, we'll be in trouble because we'll have the same situation with the snowpack melting, which causes an enormous amount of water to go into the system. The best thing is it stays nice and cold and allows Tonawanda Creek a chance to get back down to normal levels," he explains. If all goes well, things should be normal in about three days.
Hartzell says flooding was more widespread this time. "One of the things that happens is when Tonawanda Creek floods, it pushes back into all the little tributaries. This time around, Clarence Center flooded for the first time in 30 years." He says some of the flooding has been severe, with waters entering the first floor of some homes. "When your first floor floods, you lose your appliances, your furniture, your drywall gets wet and has to be replaced, and I feel bad for them," says Hartzell.
Hartzell warns Erie County Sheriff's Deputies will ticket drivers who go past the road closed signs. He says some 30 drivers had to get help when they were caught in flooded roads.