New York State has come through with a half-million dollars to help the Town of West Seneca cover costs incurred earlier this year during the flooding of Buffalo Creek.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the $500,000 on Thursday, about two weeks after West Seneca Supervisor Sheila M. Meegan sent a letter to the governor’s office asking for help.
“West Seneca residents have suffered from personal loss and emotional turmoil as a result of the flooding created by ice jams on Buffalo Creek,” Meegan said. “I am grateful to Gov. Cuomo for taking steps to minimize flooding in the future.”
Dozens of homes in the Lexington Green neighborhood sustained extensive damage following flooding caused by an ice jam along the creek.
West Seneca has spent close to $700,000 of its own money in the aftermath, the supervisor said.
“The expenditures just went on and on,” Meegan said Thursday. “Our budget took a terrible hit.”
In a letter dated Aug. 22, Meegan called out the governor for the lack of state aid and requested $500,000 in reimbursement to help increase the town’s readiness for the upcoming winter.
“I think the letter was helpful, but I do know this was in the works,” Meegan said. “I was just doing my due diligence.”
Meegan called the money “extremely helpful” and said it will help prevent future flooding in neighborhoods adjacent to the creek.
Workers and heavy equipment are currently cleaning out Buffalo Creek, near Mineral Springs and Indian Church roads, to mitigate future flooding problems, the supervisor said.