Flooding in Williamsville Prompts Closure of Glen Falls Park

December 22, 2013 Updated Dec 23, 2013 at 12:53 AM EDT

By WKBW News

December 22, 2013 Updated Dec 23, 2013 at 12:53 AM EDT

Water levels rose to nearly 10 feet at Ellicott Creek and Glen Falls Sunday in the Village of Williamsville, prompting officials to close the park to the public.

The Mayor of the village, Brian Kulpa, issued the following statement Sunday:

"The Village of Williamsville is doing everything it can to control the flooding taking place throughout the Northtowns," Kulpa said. "The gates of the dam have been pulled, and we know some basements are flooded and power is still out. The one thing we can all do is avoid doing laundry, taking long showers, running the dishwasher or using any unnecessary water. This only adds to the already overfilled sewer system."

"Our problem is twofold," he continued. "The water in Ellicott Creek is so high, there is literally nowhere for the storm water to go. Making matters worse is our sanitary sewer system, which is overwhelmed in part because some people have tapped their sump pumps into the sanitary sewer line. We encourage residents to make arrangements to undo this illegal practice so that our sanitary sewer system returns to an acceptable capacity."

"We are fully aware of the many instances of flooding in the area, and much of this is dependent on the height of Ellicott Creek. We ask for patience as crews work on getting our water flows down as soon as possible."

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