BROCTON, N.Y. (WIVB) - In Chautauqua County, the Village of Brocton opened an emergency shelter after inches of rain fell Friday on the southern tier in just a matter of minutes.
Spectacular video of rushing water was taken by Town of Portland Supervisor Dan Schrantz. The rains came fast and furious.
Anna Fitch was still in bed when fire alarms started going off, and saw the nearby creek rising.
"It was just taking trees and everything was going just really fast. And it was just taking trees with it," she recounted.
The Red Cross set up a shelter at the Brocton Fire Department. Many of people had to be evacuated, and were brought to the shelter.
Heavy rain runoff bloated creeks and streams in areas like Pomfret, Portland and Brocton.
Rick Cole of Chautauqua County Emergency Services said, "The debris starts building up, and starts clogging things up. Water keeps rising."
That rising, rushing water took out a small driveway bridge leading to one home.
"There was a car by the trailer park that was parked next to the bank, which fell in once the bank eroded away," Schrantz said.
Pomfret Highway Superintendent Dan Bigelow said, "We had a couple of tree limbs plug the culverts, and after that it starts making a mess and running over, and really there's nothing we can do if it's coming down from the woods."
Despite some tense moments, Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards says there's an upside.
"Fortunately no one's been injured. Some property damage, but not as severe as it could have been. It's something we're going to have to watch for the rest of the day into tomorrow," Edwards said.
Around 30 people were displaced by flood waters.
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