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New storm, more damage: Hamburg, Hoover Beach hit hard by storm

Business and property owners there are still cleaning up from the Halloween storm. Homeowners there say they are good, for now.

HAMBURG, N.Y. — Hamburg's lake shore was hit hard on Wednesday night, especially along Hoover Beach, where business and property owners are still cleaning up from the Halloween storm.

On Midshore Drive, water rose as high as people's knees in the middle of the road earlier in the night. Homeowners there say they are good but added that they must wait until the water subsides to find out the extent of the damage.

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts up to 66 mph, with already-high lake levels, which created scary scenes such as the one at the Hoak's parking lot next to Route 5.

Waves were crashing over the shoreline, with winds blowing signs and rain only adding to the already high lake levels 

And this coming less than a month after that Halloween wind event could mean even worse things for homeowners still cleaning up.

Some residents are working with town officials to get a breakwater system installed that could help curb the damage during future weather events.

Just last week to town of Hamburg hosted a meeting focused on the aftermath of the wind storm on Halloween.

County state and federal agencies, including the Army Corps of Engineers, were there to discuss potential federal aid to reimburse Hamburg for its storm costs. 

But the idea of creating some sort of break would be a multi-million dollar project. 

As for Hamburg Department of Public Works crews, they were out here for several hours today doing cleanup and will return here on Monday.

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