SUNSET BAY – Emergency officials maintained a wary watch late Saturday on stubborn ice jams in flood-prone Cattaraugus Creek.
First Assistant Chief Mark Dietzen pointed to two major jams in place since Friday – near the mouth of the creek at the New York State boat launch and further south, near the Thruway overpass. Despite the jam-up, colder temperatures helped ease possible flooding concerns, he said.
Several residents responding to a voluntary evacuation Friday night went to the Silver Creek Assembly of God Church. Dietzen said all residents had returned home Saturday morning.
Dietzen added that despite the heavy rains and backed-up water, there were no reports of property damage or flooded basements. A section of Allegany Road also had been closed off by an accumulation of storm water.
During the winter, about 300 residents live at Sunset Bay with the population doubling during the summer months.