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Rain keeps Silver Creek crews on run

SILVER CREEK — In what was a devastating week of rain all across Western New York, some municipalities faced that rain harder than others. Thanks to the work of several people in the village, Mayor Jeff Hornburg, at the Village Board meeting on Monday, offered his appreciation to the crews involved with keeping the Village dry.

“My thanks go out to everybody who participated in that and helped get us through the weekend,” Hornburg said. “I’d like to give a headstrong thanks to the Silver Creek Fire Department and Silver Creek Sewer and Water Department.”

On Wednesday, July 12, the Silver Creek Fire Department had 12 calls before noon to assist people with pumping out their flooded basements, and the Sewer Department had the task of monitoring the Sewer plant the entire day.

“Whenever we get that kind of rain, they have to monitor the plant 24/7,” Hornburg said. “The storm sewers run rampant with us.”

Hornburg also said the village was lucky in regard to what side of the creeks they were on. Speaking with his disaster coordinator, though there was a scare with high water, the village was on the right side of things.

“We got some high water in Silver and Walnut Creek, but we were on the right side of the hill as to what came down in Cattaraugus,” Hornburg said. “Cattaraugus just got devastated.”

Additionally, while the town of Hanover removed their kayak launch for precautionary reasons, Hornburg said the Village was able to leave theirs in, while still avoiding damage to the newly installed launch.

“I checked to see if we should remove ours, but I was assured that it wasn’t in any danger,” Hornburg said. “We had a tree branch hit it but there was no damage caused to it.”

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