The rain was a problem for Silver Creek and Fredonia Saturday night.
Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe said the village had a problem with the sewer lines due to the wet weather and residents misusing the sewer lines.
"The whole village is under water restriction," Keefe said in a phone call Saturday night. "There may be a blockage in the sewer line that the guys are working to resolve."
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Walnut Creek in the village of Silver Creek has been near flood levels.
Keefe wanted residents to be aware they can still use their water but with limits.
"Flush as little as possible," Keefe said.
"Drinking water is OK, but limit use of sinks, toilets, showers and anything that drains into the sewer."
Residents of the Village of Fredonia shouldn't hook their downspouts or sump pumps to the sewer line. They should only drain into the storm sewers.
Keefe said he believes the problem will be solved when the weather clears up and the flow through the sewer lines will go back to normal.
The mayor said in the future the village will educate residents regarding sewer lines by sending information in their water bills.
"We will make sure this problem is resolved long-term," he said.
The Village of Silver Creek hit a snag Saturday night when Walnut and Silver creeks began to get dangerously close to flooding again.
Jeff Griewisch, the Disaster Coordinator and Fire Chief of the Silver Creek Fire Department, said the village came close to being flooded around 4 p.m. Saturday.
"Mother Nature helped us out again; the water receded back to 4 feet," he said, adding they were taking turns monitoring it over night. "We are going to get another bunch of heavy rain, so we hope it doesn't flood."
Griewisch said in the event of a flood the village would be evacuated to the Silver Creek Central School.
"Residents will be notified by home phone, and alerted by the NY Alert System if evacuation is necessary," he said. "We will keep the guys at the fire department on call so if we have to alert the residents we can open the school up quick."
Earlier Saturday afternoon the creek levels got dangerously high and close to flood stage. Since then the Sheriff's Department, Disaster Team, and Fire Department had been taking turns monitoring the creeks.
Earlier Saturday night, Griewisch said they would give the creeks one last check around 11 p.m.
Aaron Reynolds, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, said the rain wasn't done with Dunkirk area.
"Expect heavy rain all night long into Sunday afternoon," Reynolds warned.
According to the National Weather Service, Dunkirk was to expect a heavy band of rain around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
"The problem is there was a lot of snow in that area recently and it is adding to the heavy band of rain entering from Ohio and Illinois," he said.