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Neighbors fed up with flooding caused by debris

Posted at 6:32 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 11:14:21-04

UPDATE: Marion Dwyer, of Cayuga Island, spotted a vacuum truck Tuesday morning around 9:15 a.m. Crews began cleaning out the sewage drains right in front of Dwyer's home. 

ORIGINAL: Cayuga Island neighbors are fed up with the flooding in their neighborhood caused by debris in the sewage drains.

"It's not surprising anymore at this point," Marion Dwyer, who lives on Champlain Avenue, said. "It's just another day after heavy rainfall in Cayuga Island."

Champlain Avenue and Rivershore Drive were under several in inches of water, something that Dwyer says is not unusual. 

Dwyer says the sewage drains in that area are filled with debris and leaves, leaving the water with no place to go. 

"This has been the worst it has been in a while," she said.

Dwyer says she has reached out to the Mayor and the Niagara Falls Water Board the calling for action from the city.

"They made promises that this wouldn't happen again that they were going to do something about it, but they haven't... otherwise this wouldn't been that bad again," Dwyer said.

7 Eyewitness News reached out to the Mayor and the Niagara Falls Water Board and the board gave this statement: 

The NFWB is aware and has addressed the situation on Champlain Street on Cayuga Island, which resulted in several flooded ratepayer basements, and was caused by a wet weather event and ensuing rainwater volume that entered the antiquated sewer system.

The board dispatched a full contingent of workers as of 5am to tackle the situation. Such events occur periodically due to current system capacity, and updates in the vicinity of Champlain Street were indeed previously placed on the NFWB’s priority near-term projects list.

The NFWB continues to work through that projects list in an expedited fashion to try and mitigate and limit as many future occurrences across the service footprint as possible."

"I just hope that they finally clean these drains for us that we don't have to constantly worry about  everything getting flooded," Dwyer said.