Flash Flooding Concerns Across Buffalo Metro Area

Heavy downpours flood intersections and underpasses

Tim Wenger
August 21, 2019 - 5:43 am

WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman


Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - The skies were lit with a dazzling lightning show early Wednesday as relentless downpours of rain proved too much for Buffalo area roadway drainage systems to handle.  A Flash Flood Warning was quickly issued across the Buffalo metro area early as unofficially nearly two inches of rain fell in short order.

Numerous major highways and roads were quickly flooded by the deluge of rain.  The Thruway near Route 219, I-190 at Route 198, Niagara Falls Boulevard at Maple and Seridan Drive in Tonawanda are all areas experiencing flash flooding problems.

While more rain is expected throughout the day, the heavy downpours have moved to the east and the flooding concerns should subside as the day unfolds.  Meteorologists stress any additional rainfall we do experience will only aggravate an already troubling situation.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a * Flood Warning for... North central Erie County in western New York... Southwestern Niagara County in western New York... * Until 1000 AM EDT. * At 702 AM EDT, local law enforcement and trained spotters continue to report flooding in northern portions of Buffalo and in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. Two to three inches of rain fell in these areas overnight.

Comments ()