Multiple water main breaks in N. & S. Towns

Posted at 11:20 AM, Jul 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 05:05:48-04

The Erie County Water Authority responded to 11 different water main breaks Sunday.

The breaks affected residents in Amherst, Depew, Hamburg, Lackawanna, Lancaster, and West Seneca. 

The Erie County Water Authority said residents could expect discolored water, low water pressure, or possibly no water at all.

 As many as 50 residents did lose water, but the Water Authority did not indicate which break caused the outage.


The Water Authority said none of the breaks were significant enough to require a boil water advisory.

The Water Authority said it expected eight out of the 11 water main breaks to be repaired by Sunday night, and the last three breaks were minor and would be repaired Monday morning.


The water main break on Martin Road in Lackawanna caused significant flooding which impacted residents living along the street. Some residents reported flooded basements.

Renee Stampone spent 13 hours cleaning her basement today after it flooded from the Martin Road break.

"Pretty much everything was moved from the basement by my family members and myself," she said.  "We had to put it in the backyard because you couldn't leave it in the basement.  It was just drenched."

Stampone is not sure how much the water damage is going to cost her family.

"I'm still trying to figure out what is lost and what has to be replaced, but it's a lot," she explained.  "There was carpeting.  There was a playroom.  It was filled.  We used it as a living space."

According to Stampone, her husband first reported the break at 7 A.M., but the ECWA did not report to the scene until after 9 A.M.

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton is now calling for a hearing with the Erie County Water Authority to discuss this weekend's breaks, as well as last week's major water main break in Amherst that resulted in a three-day boil water advisory.