Amherst Police have closed Smith Road from Transit Road to Millersport Highway and Dann Road from Smith to Transit because of heavy flooding, but were still trying to determine the cause of the flooding Wednesday afternoon.
Routine police patrols found water rising at a rapid clip as of late afternoon, prompting the shutdown of the two roads as well as multiple courts and neighborhood streets that branch off them, according to a police dispatcher.
Police said the cause wasn’t yet clear. Tonawanda Creek crested well over its 12-foot flood stage on Tuesday afternoon, reaching 15.13 feet and causing what the National Weather Service termed “moderate flooding” in northern Amherst, Clarence, Newstead and parts of southern Niagara County. But the creek water was already receding as of late Tuesday.
“We’re not sure where it’s coming from, but it’s rapidly rising, so something obviously burst that’s contributing to it, because it’s increasing pretty fast,” the dispatcher said. “Patrols were out there for 20 minutes, and it’s already up to two feet in those 20 minutes.”
The police patrols were monitoring areas that still had some standing water from the flood when they noticed the new flooding and started receiving calls. No injuries were reported. Police were notifying residents.