Flooding covers roads near Canaseraga, Dansville, Wayland

Bob Clark

Residents of Canaseraga, Dansville and Wayland are cleaning up after torrential rain flooded sections of northwestern Steuben, northeastern Allegany and Livingston counties Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, up to an inch and a half of rain fell on parts of Allegany and Livingston counties, washing out roads and swamping yards and basements.

State Department of Transportation workers attempted to clear a clogged sluice pipe at the intersection of State Route 961F and Sikes Road as water rushed over the roadway, washing away several feet of the northbound shoulder.

Allegany County Public Works crews cleared off several county roads around Canaseraga. Along County Route 13, workers tore up a driveway and used the dirt and gravel to divert water from the roadway down a drainage ditch.

“Most of the damage was outside of Canaseraga on County Route 13,” DPW Superintendent Dave Roeske said.

An additional work crew that was working in Andover was brought to the scene to help with the flood control, according to John Tucker, Allegany County Emergency Management director.

Other than in Canaseraga and Birdsall, Tucker said, there were few other issues in Allegany County.

“There’s been some isolated calls in of trees down and things like that, but not much,” he said. “It’s pretty much isolated to that area.”

Tucker said no injuries were reported and no roads were closed, though there were several delays for the few cars on the road as highway crews blocked traffic to operate their equipment to build dams and other water diversions.

Arkport firefighters were on standby at the Canaseraga fire station, according to Arkport Chief Dan Hulburt.

“It’s a big mess,” he said. “They (Canaseraga firefighters) are all over the place.”

North Hornell firefighters were on standby at their station in support of Arkport.

Minor flooding also was reported in Wayland.

“(There was) about a foot of water in front of about three or four stores on Main Street, but it only lasted a half an hour or so,” Wayland Mayor Brian McCoy said. “A few other residents had pools in their yards.”

McCoy said communities to the north and east were harder hit.

“It was nothing like they got in Springwater or anywhere else,” he said. “We escaped pretty good.”

In Livingston County, however, flooding was reported through much of the area, with serious issues in Dansville and Springwater.

In Dansville, the fire department and highway crews were kept busy in the village after several streets went under the floodwaters, according to Mayor Bill Dixon.

“I’ve lived in the village all my life, and I’ve never seen it this bad,” Dixon said, adding rains from further upstream rushing through the village caused the stream to pour out of its banks and onto the streets.

A section of Upper Hyland Avenue was nearly destroyed after the bank under the road was washed away. Dixon said sections of Park Avenue, and Leonard, Chestnut, Liberty and Clay streets were underwater, as was a section of State Route 256.

“We had significant damage in the cellars,” he said. “I think we pumped 32 or 33 cellars yesterday.”

According to Dixon, the village highway crew had the roads passable by 9:30 p.m. Thursday night.

“The highway department did a great job,” he said. “(Livingston County) Sheriff (John) York sent us some county prisoners to help out, too. The extra help should get things going.”

While the roads are passable, it will be a few days before the village is back in shape, Dixon said.

“We’re getting it,” he said. “Little by little, were picking it up.”

Calls to Livingston County Emergency Management Director Kevin Neidermaier and Springwater town Supervisor Norbert Buckley were not returned by press time.

The Evening Tribune