Firefighters respond to Silver Creek flood watch

SILVER CREEK – It was a close call for the village Friday afternoon when a flood warning went into effect around 2 p.m. after an ice jam occurred in Walnut and Silver creeks.

Jeff Griewisch, the disaster coordinator and fire chief of Silver Creek Fire Department, said the warning was no longer in effect around 6 p.m. Friday night.

“Mother Nature helped us out,” he said. “The water receded back into the creeks.”

Griewisch said everything has gone back to normal.

“The creek dropped down 4 feet,” he said. “Hopefully the ice will be well out into the lake and not be a problem.”

However all of Western New York will be in danger of flooding from today until Sunday evening.

Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock from the National Weather Service in Buffalo said people need to use caution in the flood areas.

“Watch out for areas of flooding, especially near small streams and creeks,” Hitchcock said. “It will start to intensify in the afternoon and last until Sunday night.”

Hitchcock said the entire Western New York area could see up to 2 inches of rain; the melted snow will add to that causing potential flooding.

He recommends people watch for slippery roads and prepare for poor driving conditions.