Hoped to hold back waters near Lexington Green in West Seneca
WEST SENECA, NY - It has long been said that you can't tame mother nature. However, that has not stopped human kind from trying.
In one West Seneca neighborhood, a new tack is being taken, to try to stem the tide of springtime flooding.
Crews have reached the half-way point in building what will eventually be a 1,200 foot long wall, comprised of 800 bags each filled with about one cubic yard of crushed, recycled concrete, and being placed between the bank of Buffalo Creek, and homes in Lexington Green, which were ravaged by a now infamous January flood.
Surveying the work on Tuesday was Dave Hancock, of Big Bags USA, which markets the specialized bags being utilized here, and who traveled to West Seneca from the company headquarters near St. Louis, Missouri.
"This crew is doing a great job with the installation," Hancock told WGRZ-TV, adding the bags being deployed in West Seneca have been utilized throughout the nation.
As he walked along the wall, he noted that it was crucial the bags be placed "water side" out.
"One side of this bag (placed so it faces the stream it is designed to repel) is treated to hold water back, and when properly installed it will do that," Hancock said.
Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan would not ordinarily find herself fighting her emotions while gazing upon on a flood control wall.
However, it was hard for her to do that, when relaying how its construction was made possible, through the generosity of two local businesses.
Edbauer Construction and Union Concrete are donating equipment and labor toward the installation of the wall.
"I'm not a crier," said Meegan, who was visibly moved when relating how the companies approached her to volunteer their services. "But his has been unbelievable I mean… they reached to us to ask how they might be of help. This is the most overwhelming gesture of generosity. They came and extended all their men, their equipment, and materials for nothing more than to say, 'we're a good neighbor'."
Meegan says the town's costs, which could approach $80,000, included the purchase the bags and fuel for the equipment of the companies donating their labor. She said she hoped to get those expenses reimbursed by the State of New York.
"We're just trying to help our community," said Bill Bauer of Edbauer Construction. "This is our slow season…but it's really just the right thing to do for our neighbors."
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