West Seneca flood victims benefit from WNY's generosity

WEST SENECA, NY - Today was drop off and delivery day for donations going to victims of the West Seneca flooding.

Channel 2 On Your Side teamed up with Valu Home Centers to help out residents in the West Seneca neighborhood that was recently ravaged by floodwaters spilling over the banks of nearby Buffalo Creek.

The flooding, the worst this community has seen in 35 years, damaged about 70 homes. Some of those homes were severely damaged.

Volunteers spent most of the day at Winchester Community Church organizing and sorting all kinds of cleaning supplies and other donations that came by way of a dozen Valu Home Center locations. They put the supplies into care packages for each homeowner affected by the flooding.

Pastor Jason Drapeau told us: "What we saw from people from all over Western New York is that the response was just absolutely overwhelming -- and it was very needed, because a lot of what had gone on was very overwhelming for the people who were affected by the flood."

Residents of the Lexington Green neighborhood are still waiting to hear whether there will be financial assistance from the state. Even residents with flood insurance say most policies covered only a fraction of their total loss.

Volunteers from the church, who have been helping affected families ever since the disaster happened, were on hand to distribute those supplies when 2 On Your Side's Maryalice Demler caught up with them.


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