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Neighbors want a fix for Ellicott Creek flooding

Posted at 11:25 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 23:25:32-04

For decades people living in Lancaster along Ellicott Creek have been asking for help. The creek often floods its banks and damages property.

On Wednesday, federal, state, county, and town agencies met at the Bowmansville Fire Department to discuss possible fixes. Erie County maybe the first to act. They can replace a bridge that causes sediment backups near Stony Road.

There are also plans to remove two large log jams on the creek. 

Neighbors say that will help, but they fear they will still deal with flooding. 

It may not eliminate all flooding in the future but there is a very good chance that these are going to reduce the frequency and volume of flooding once they are addressed, said Erie County Legislator Ted Morton.

 

When it comes to replacing Stony Road Bridge the Erie County Legislature may vote on that as soon as this week. It's still unclear if that replacement would happen this year or sometime next year.