Southern Tier Residents Cleanup After Flooding

May 14, 2011 Updated May 14, 2011 at 9:07 PM EDT

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May 14, 2011 Updated May 14, 2011 at 9:07 PM EDT

WELLSVILLE, NY (WKBW) - Residents in Allegany County continue to cleanup after Friday's flash floods.

The towns of Scio and Amity and the Village of Wellsville all suffered damage from the flash flooding, which was in part caused by the more than an inch of rain per hour that fell in some areas Friday.

"My husband and son have been out here all day cleaning up the mess," said Katherine Ward, a resident of Scio.

The Wards saw a couple of feet in the backyard washed away by the surging creek behind their home. The rains washed down the hillsides, clogging the road drainage pipes, causing the creek to rise to 13 feet high at one point, eroding the banks and washing away trees.

Another family down the road spent the entire day pumping water out of their basement. The rain and flash floods caused water from a nearby pond behind their home to overflow, sending raging waters and scores of fish down the backyard towards the road.

All the roads have been reopened in the Village of Wellsville, where crews were out making repairs all day Saturday, however travelers are being urged to use caution as a flash flood watch remains in effect in the village and for all of Allegany County until midnight Saturday.

Residents whose home or property suffered damage are asked to contact their local town or village, who will in turn notify the state and FEMA for emergency funding.