Concerns Remain Over Cayuga Creek Flooding

Alden, NY - People in West Seneca have gotten a lot of attention due to recent flooding, but a family living along Cayuga Creek in Alden is very concerned that their property could flood for a third time this year.

"That ice is at least ten to 12 feet high all the way across that creek right now," says Jeff Telecky.

Telecky has lived along Cayuga Creek for 29 years. His Creekside Drive home stayed dry until this year.

His yard and home have flooded twice since January.

"What's going through your head the first time it floods?" asked Channel 2's Kelly Dudzik.

"I didn't believe it. It was coming up and even as the water was rising, you don't believe it's going to happen," said Telecky.

Telecky has already made a great deal of progress cleaning up. While the water ruined the carpeting and drywall downstairs, he owns a woodshop and can do a lot of the work himself.

"What I'm thinking is rigid foam insulation here, and then, the concrete backer board that you put behind tile," he says showing us his progress.

Telecky says he is not in the flood plain and does not have flood insurance. He called the town and got the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers involved. They took a walk downstream and found some downed trees, which the town removed.

"I'd like the Corps to come up with a permanent solution so this doesn't happen. I know the Corps, the town and the DEC have been talking, and there's an island down the creek where these trees that they cleared out were, and they think that might be part of the problem," he says.

But Telecky was informed the town cannot do anything else to fix the flood threat until the summer.

Friday, the Corps of Engineers told us the threat for more ice jam flooding in Alden will remain low as long as it doesn't warm up and we don't get heavy rain.

"I'll be shocked if it doesn't happen again because the reason it's happening is out there: the tons and tons of ice," he says.

Our call to the Alden Town Supervisor went unanswered Friday.

When we asked the Corps of Engineers what can be done about the problem, we were told people need to be prepared to evacuate if necessary and that they should use sandbags and move valuables away from harm's way, which the Telecky's have already done.


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