BROCTON - Heavy rainfall, estimated to be between 2 and 4 inches per hour, caused havoc and evacuations in the Village of Brocton Friday morning, June 28.
Calls began ringing from Chautauqua County's 911 dispatch alerting Brocton Fire Department personnel of flooded basements and overflowing banks along creeks and streams shortly after 9 a.m., according to Brocton Fire Department leader and County Emergency Management Services representative Rick Cole.
"The first call out came in around 9:09 a.m. for Ellicott and Ransom roads with reports of water and debris across the roadway. That of course, is above us here in the village, and eventually flooded basement calls started being dispatched near Bear Lake Road. Eventually, we needed to start evacuating trailers at the lower end of Ellicott Road in Ellicott Estates Trailer Park. We then had to start evacuating up and down Lake Avenue, as well as everyone in the Crestview Estates Trailer Park on Lake Avenue."
Photo by Matt Panebianco
Pictured is the flooding behind Ellicott Estates in Brocton on Friday, June 28.
The Red Cross was on scene to help assist with evacuating residents, who were first housed at the Brocton Fire Hall, further down Lake Avenue and were eventually relocated by school bus to Brocton Central School. Water was seen rising as high as the incline of South Swede Road in the village and nearly filled the railroad culverts traversing Lake Avenue to their height. Traffic was shut down to parts of Lake Avenue and other sections of village streets as emergency crews dealt with the climbing waters.