Town of West Seneca Seeking Help For Residents Affected by Floods

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM EDT

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) The cleanup continues in the Lexington Green area of West Seneca after a reported 4-foot high wall of water and ice swept through the area on Saturday.

An ice jam on Buffalo Creek caused the flooding that caused extensive damage to homes, personal property, and vehicles.

Town officials say 70 homes experienced flooding with 48 being so badly damaged that occupation is prohibited until further inspections are done.

Building inspectors from Erie County are now assisting inspectors from West Seneca as they check for major structural problems in the affected homes.

As of Tuesday, all the flood water had been pumped from the houses, but neighborhood curbs were filled with water-damaged items that were being thrown out.

Many residents say their insurance is either not covering the damage, or is only covering a small portion of the claims.

Aware of the problem, the Town of West Seneca is searching for public and private financial assistance for the residents.

It is expected that the Town of West Seneca will schedule an information meeting in the near future to address the residents concerns.