Wet Basements in Buffalo as Flooding Fears Ease

BUFFALO (AP) -
Gregory Sojka, right, and his son Jake stand Tuesday alongside their flooded home in Bowmansville, N.Y., after Ellicott Creek crested its banks. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Gregory Sojka, right, and his son Jake stand Tuesday alongside their flooded home in Bowmansville, N.Y., after Ellicott Creek crested its banks. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Some Buffalo-area residents dealt with flooded basements from melting snow as authorities on Tuesday kept an eye on rising creek levels a week after the region was hit by record-breaking lake-effect storms.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning until late Tuesday afternoon for parts of a five-county area of western New York. All Buffalo public schools have reopened after being closed since last Tuesday.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said Monday that crews have removed 11,000 truckloads of snow from city neighborhoods.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in the region for a sixth straight day, Monday, said state-deployed pumps and sandbags were in place as rain and temperatures over 60 rapidly melted the snow. Residents shoveled snow in T-shirts against a backdrop of white drifts.

Snowfall across the region ranged from less than a foot to about 7 1/2 feet, depending on where the bands of snow coming off Lake Erie hit hardest.