Warm Temperatures Create Flooding Concerns

February 17, 2011 Updated Feb 17, 2011 at 7:35 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

February 17, 2011 Updated Feb 17, 2011 at 7:35 PM EDT

Sunset Bay, NY {WKBW) - The warmer temperatures in Western New York are creating some serious flooding concerns for parts of the region. In Sunset Bay, volunteer fire companies have been working around the clock watching areas that are prone to flooding.

"Hopefully we don't have a flood but we want to be prepared," said Sunset Bay Volunteer Fire Company Assistant Chief Mark Dietzen. "We're been watching the creeks and watching the opening of where the creek meets the lake."

In Erie County along the Cazenovia Creek in South Buffalo, Buffalo City Engineers and police dive teams have been cutting holes in the ice around the Stevenson Bridge.

"We are hoping that relieves some of the pressure from the water as it builds up and makes its way into the creek," said Buffalo City Engineer Don Poleto. "It's not necessarily to prevent an ice jam, but reduce the severity of it."

A flood watch is now in effect until late Friday night for Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Wyoming counties.