Silver Creek averts flooding crisis

SILVER CREEK Silver Creek avoided disaster once again Friday morning.

According to Mayor Nick Piccolo, ice began to jam near the ball park around 12:30 a.m. There was also bad news when the county equipment broke down around 10:30 p.m. Piccolo said it could not be fixed until morning.

By 2:30 a.m. the water had begun to rise near Oliver, Rix and Dana places. Piccolo said these residents were notified of the problem and cars were moved as a precaution.

Piccolo said they called contractor George Ortolano to operate the village’s equipment to try to clear the ice jam near the ball park. He said they thought the water and ice were moving well in the creek by 6 a.m., but decided to call Ortolano back to clear out the mouth of Walnut Creek an hour later.

Piccolo reported as much as 2.5 feet of flooding at the intersection of Lincoln and Montgomery and water on Central Avenue, Oliver, Rix and Dana places. He said by 8:30 a.m. both Walnut and Silver creeks were running smoothly and the threat had passed.

“It was pretty close,” he said Friday morning. “We were able to overcome Mother Nature one more time.”

Silver Creek has had several other close calls for ice jam flooding during warm-ups, but has been working with the county to proactively clear the path for the ice.

Piccolo thanked Ortolano as well as the county, all the village workers in the department of public works and wastewater treatment plant, the fire department and emergency squad and the town of Hanover for helping out.

Sunset Bay had been under a flood warning as well on Friday due to high water levels.

Shortly after 6 p.m., a voluntary evacuation of vehicles, the elderly and people with medical problems was begun in Sunset Bay. A Red Cross shelter was set up at the Silver Creek Assembly of God Church.

Sunset Bay First Assistant Fire Chief Mark Dietzen reported that the evacuation was a voluntrary one. He added water levels were being monitored and people were being asked to stay off the roads.

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