Niagara Falls Area Residents Continue Cleanup After Storm

July 23, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2013 at 8:19 AM EDT

By Ed Reilly

July 23, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2013 at 8:19 AM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) Powerful storms that swept through the Niagara Falls, Wheatfield, and Town of Niagara areas last Friday and Saturday caused a large amount of damage.

At the height of the storm, 22 roads were closed - many because of downed trees and fallen branches.

All roads have been reopened and Niagara Falls City crews have begun the long process of clearing away the fallen debris.

While power was restored early Monday morning, officials are still asking anyone who spots a dangling power line or cable to report it.

Many residents saw their basements fill with water after heavy rains overwhelmed drainage systems.

Throughout the area, piles of destroyed home furnishings are being discarded.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said the City is receiving help from the Modern Corporation in Model City to help clear away the destroyed items.

Damaged electrical equipment can be brought directly to the Niagara Falls City Public Works facility on New Road.

Officials ask that residents try to stack their discarded items as neatly as possible to help crews with the pickup.

While the cost of the storm damage is still being calculated, Mayor Dyster said it looks unlikely that State and Federal money will be available to compensate residents who have losses not covered by insurance.

The damage, while significant, appears to not rise to the level of a State threshold that would qualify the area for additional monies.