West Seneca, NY - About one-hundred West Seneca flood victims met Tuesday night with volunteers at Saint John's Lutheran Church to talk about a long term disaster relief plan.
Neighbors did not get all of the answers they were looking for at the meeting. Many remain frustrated with government agencies and their insurance companies. While neighbors expressed those concerns Tuesday night, they could not get many answers. That's because the meeting at the church focused specifically on how the Church World Service Disaster Response team and its volunteers could help distribute donations and services to the families impacted by the flood fairly. The pastor explained how goal of the meeting was to come up with a group of people to work with the church to coordinate getting donations to flood victims.
The threat of more flooding later this week has many neighbors on edge though, and they started demanding answers from politicians who were not at the meeting.
"I didn't go to work today because I was nervous. I'm not an engineer. They're going to do studies. What good are studies? They have to get... I told Sheila Meegan, I told her the county wants to help, call Polancarz. Have Polancarz come down here and do something about this. She took a tree out for five-thousand dollars. I'm really upset," says 50 year West Seneca resident Audrey Petri.
One of the church members said that politicians, including Town Supervisor Meegan, were not officially invited to the meeting. The church member said that he is happy with how the town has handled everything.
Channel 2 reached out to West Seneca Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan for a response. We were not able to connect with her, but will follow up and bring the residents' concerns to her.
At the meeting it was announced that, so far, the West Seneca Teachers Association has raised $35,000-$40,000 for a short term neighborhood relief fund for the West Seneca flood victims. It has not been decided yet how that money will be distributed.
And, Wednesday, the Small Business Administration will be in West Seneca helping people apply for low interest loans. Still, many people left the meeting wondering what they will do if there is another flood this week since they still have not recovered from the flood last month.