Gowanda Declares State of Emergency Due to Flooding

GOWANDA, NY-A state of emergency has been declared in Gowanda after two creeks in the village have run over their banks.

Emergency Services director Nick Crassi is asking for no unnecessary travel in the area. He said while there are no evacuations at this time, residents are asked to remain vigilant and prepared.

Two elderly residents were evacuated from their home by emergency officials. Officials say they will be assisted by the American Red Cross.

Gowanda residents are being asked to conserve water after the reservoir was shut down due to flooding. However, they say the drinking water should be fine. They're just asking residents to avoid things like washing their cars.

Long term, the reservoir may be the costliest part of the clean-up. Mayor Heather McKeever tells Channel 2 News that initial repair estimates approach $500,000.

The town says they will assist residents in pumping water out of their basements.

Here are the roads that are currently closed:

  • Route 5 between Route 20 and Old Lake Shore Road

If you see flooding in your area and can safely take a picture, send it to photos@wgrz.com


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