HANOVER, N.Y. (WIVB) - Flooding in Sunset Bay has prompted evacuations Monday night as the Cattaraugus Creek spills over its banks.
The disaster coordinator says the water levels are not rising in Sunset Bay, but that is little consolation for the dozens of people who had to evacuate their homes. Ice jams in Cattaraugus Creek are to blame.
Jerry Miller was one of nearly 200 residents forced from his Sunset Bay because of rising flood waters. In a matter of hours, his street had nearly three feet of water on it. But he's not alone. Other residents are also feeling the brunt of Mother Nature.
Sunset Bay firefighter Mark Dietzen said, "It all depends on how much ice is in Cattaraugus Creek and how warm it gets."
Volunteers are standing by to help and to make sure that no one attempts to go back to their homes through the dangerous waters. Disaster officials are actually hoping for a warm up or rain so that the ice jamming Cattaragus Creek can push through into Lake Erie and the flood water can follow.
"We may not end up getting rid of this ice," said town of Hanover disaster coordinator Steve D'Angelo.
D'Angelo said the water was higher on Monday than it was when the town flooded last week.
D'Angelo said, "We have spots down there with a hundred year flood gauge, and it's been over the top of that."
D'Angelo said he has been in constant contact with Gowanda, which is ten miles away. He said whatever happens there eventually happens in the town of Hanover.
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