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Flooding Causes Issues on Monday's Drive Home

Too much rain too fast floods underpasses

May 01, 2017 - 4:47 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Heavy rain and flooding dominated the afternoon drive in Western New York on Monday.

The heavy rain began around 2:00 p.m. on Monday and never let up. Some residents found themselves stuck along major roads in the area because of the flooding.

Niagara Falls issued a travel advisory on Monday, prohibiting all unnecessary travel for a time.


Perhaps the most problematic flooding across the Buffalo Metro area was on the New York State Thruway at the Broadway underpass where New York State Police were blocking lanes due to deep water.  The William Street underpass below the thruway was another trouble spot with several vehicles becoming stuck in deep floodwaters for a time.

Amherst Police also reported many area roadways impassable due to the flooding conditionsas did multiple police agencies across the Buffalo metro and Western New York area.

In Niagara Falls, the following roads were closed closed for a period of time.

  • 6700 block of Lindbergh
  • College and Bell underpass
  • 11th St. and South Ave.
  • Porter and Robbins Drive
  • 5600 block of Devlin
  • 3000 block of Orleans
  • Champlain and Rivershore
  • 89th and Girard
  • LaSalle Expressway under the north Grand Island Bridge
  • Niagara Scenic Parkway traffic circle
  • Champlain & Council & Portage Road underpass.

The National Weather Service lifted the tornado watch and all other watches and warnings early Monday evening as the quick moving storm system had moved on to central New York State. The flooding and oversaturation of the ground and waterways across Western New York may continue to be an issue this week with additional rainfall expected.

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