BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Much of western New York is under a flood watch, Friday. Thursday night Ellicott Creek had risen to six feet, and was just starting to run over its banks in Ellicott Creek Park. It could rise to eight feet by Friday morning, potentially flooding the park, surrounding backyards and the UB bike path.
Just upstream, Amherst Highway Superintendent Bob Anderson is keeping a close eye on Ellicott Creek at Glen Falls. Anderson said, "I do have concerns over the weekend because historically, when we get a storm like this from west to east, the water as it approaches the Batavia area comes back toward us, through the Ellicott Creek and Tonawanda Creek systems."
Cayuga Creek in Lancaster could top its banks Friday morning. Buffalo Creek is predicted to rise above flood stage Friday afternoon. Tonawanda Creek is expected to crest Sunday morning. The American Red Cross is warning that these flood waters can be very dangerous.
American Red Cross Communications Coordinator Jay Bonafede said, "It doesn't take a lot of water to cause a problem. Six inches of swiftly-moving water can really take a person off of their feet. Two feet of moving water can start to take a car."
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