Early Friday morning, around midnight, Andrew Ned had no idea that in less than 24 hours that his house would be one of approximately 25 South Buffalo homes without gas service.

In his basement, water surrounded Ned's brand new furnace, along with his brand new water tank, in the home he's been renovating for months.

"I was here, it was great," said Ned, "but this morning I just got a call from a neighbor, saying 'Drop in right now because water is coming up.'"

When he arrived back at his home at 10:30 in the morning, it was all ruined.

Ned's plans to make his home livable in a months time are now pushed back indefinitely.

"It's all gone now," he said, before wading back into the water to continue pumping out his basement.

Water climbed to about four feet high in Ned's home, and for his neighbors across the street, another three-and-half feet of water, even though they'd been prepared.

Alan Schalck was called by his family friends to come help out; he said they had no choice but to jump right to action.

"We need to get this water out of the basement so that when these cold temperatures do come, we're not going to have freezing problems," Schalck said, as three hoses pumped water into the gutter in the early afternoon Friday. "Eventually it's going to freeze the plumbing, and it can make matters a lot worse than what it is right now."

With the return of cold temperatures and new snowfall, having no gas powered heat can be dangerous for Western New Yorkers who have already spent all day removing water.

But as residents like Ned and Schalck's friends and family continue to assess the damages of such quick flooding conditions, their expenses will quickly climb into the thousands.

Ned said it will take much longer than one weekend to get back on track toward normalcy.

"I know I lost lots of money, there is no way you can get a furnace now in winter time," said Ned. "So I won't be living in this house for a while."

Tosh-Collins will welcome people into their emergency warming station until 10:00 Friday evening; Winchester Elementary will give people a warm place to sleep overnight.