BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Torrential downpours caused flooding to several roads including an underpass on Clinton Street near New Babcock in the Lovejoy District during Thursday afternoon. One vehicle was trapped and officials worked quickly to clear the clogged drains. "Moving the debris and trying to poke a hole so the water can go down," Dave Comerford, the general manager for the Buffalo Sewer Authority, said. "This is generally a flooding area under the bridges and it's an area we come to right away. We got so much rain and it washes the debris in there too so we cleared the debris out."
Also lightning hit a building on Niagara Street causing many bricks to go flying into the air and smashing onto cars below. "Strange noises, everything happened really fast," Bryan Lovullo, an employee in the building and owner of a damaged car, said. "It was almost like a shock wave went through, really weird noise then about half a second later actually heard the explosion, just like how light travels faster than sound. We came out here to find all our cars covered in debris, smashed up pretty good."
"I was working here at the Riverkeeper office. We heard an extremely loud bang, sounded like the ceiling was coming down in the building. Everyone hopped outside and took a look at the cars and all the cars were destroyed by the brick wall collapsing upon them," another employee said.
Fortunately no injuries were reported. Estimated damage was about $25,000 to the vehicles alone. "There's no fire in the building, damage to the structure but the main damage was probably to the vehicles that were parked below," Jim Hayes, a Buffalo Fire Battalion Chief, said.