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More than 40 homes damaged in Hoover Beach wind storm

Posted at 4:25 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 18:54:11-05

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — More than 40 homes along Hoover Beach in Hamburg have such major damage from Sunday night’s wind storm, many neighbors are now displaced.

“When I walked in, the water was all the way down the hallway and gushing in,” said Linda Carr.

Carr says she came home from the Bills game Sunday to find her back windows blown out, and Lake Erie waters and winds pushing her belongings all over her house.

She’s lived on Hoover Beach for nearly three decades, but says this was the worst storm. 60 mile an hour winds so strong, they tore out walls, windows and flooring in her home.

“I didn’t expect this at all,” she said.

Debris litters her home along the Lake Erie shoreline. Dishes, scattered into the dining room along with photos, pots, pans and decor.

Her back wall is completely gone, and Lake Erie is flooding the first floor of her home.

“When most of us moved in here we had hundreds of feet of shoreline,” said neighbor Tom Spulecki.

Spulecki and Carr both serve on the association board for Hoover Beach residents. Now, a little over a year after last year’s terrible Halloween storm, piled with this, neighbors can’t take much more.

“We really need help from all levels of government,” he said.

The Town of Hamburg has been clearing out debris all day, but officials say the town can’t clear on private property. In the long term, neighbors say the have a proven and engineered plan to fix the high lake levels, but need state and federal funding.

In the short term, many neighbors, like Carr are displaced.