Black Creek Reaches Homes

May 17, 2011 Updated May 17, 2011 at 7:11 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

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May 17, 2011 Updated May 17, 2011 at 7:11 PM EDT

CHURCHVILLE, NY (WKBW) -- The level of the Black Creek at Churchville crested at around 6 feet 8 inches, nearly a foot above flood stage, during Tuesday. "It's flooding all the way up to my sun porch, it's seeping up a little on the floor," Margie Kamrowski, who lives along Black Creek, said. "It's maybe the second time since I've been here it's been this high."

Some residents along the creek are seeing their backyards dissapear under water and say they are doing what they can to protect their property. "Whole cement patio under there that goes out past those lights...I can barely see the edge of the cement," Kamrowski said. "I keep everything off the floor in the sun porch in case {water} comes in there."

Runoff from record rainfall over the weekend, nearly four inches over 72 hours, caused Black Creek to run high and out of its banks in some spots. "Flooded basements where storm drains have plugged up, sump pumps have stopped working," Village of Churchville Deputy Mayor Don Suter said. "I know the fire department has been making a few calls to help those people out. The water levels are approaching some of the houses on some of the lower streets, but in the downtown area we are in pretty good shape."

The level of the creek should finally drop below flood stage by Wednesday morning.