Cheektowaga day camp counselors recognized for quick thinking during recent floods

Cheektowaga Day Camp Counselors from Camp Alexander and Camp Dartwood are recognized by the Cheektowaga Town Board on July 25, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Cheektowaga Day Camp Counselors from Camp Alexander and Camp Dartwood are recognized by the Cheektowaga Town Board on July 25, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The Cheektowaga Town Board recognized several Youth & Recreation day camp counselors at their recent board meeting.

Town of Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski lauded the staff members because of the way they handled the stressful situations brought on by mother nature.

Three inches of rain fell on July 13th causing the basement of the Alexander Community Center to flood with six inches of water.  The storm also made Scajaquada Creek overflow into Town Park.

Because of the health and safety issues associated with the flood waters at Alexander, the day camp program had to be relocated to the Cheektowaga Recreation Center.

“The outstanding summer day camp counselors were able to transfer 145 campers ages 4-15, 19 of whom have special needs, in under five minutes.  They were also able to do this without anyone getting upset, injured or causing an incident,” said Supervisor Diane Benczkowski.

Faced with the adverse conditions and minimal supplies after being uprooted, the counselors were able to keep the campers calm and entertained at the Cheektowaga Recreation Center with minimal supplies until 5 pm that evening.

The Town faced another significant rain storm exactly one week later on July 20th.  This time the flooding occurred mainly in the south of part of town and Camp Dartwood endured some flooding. 

While they were not forced to relocate, the staff members were able to reach each parent or guardian and evacuate the building in under one half hour safely and calmly during a tough situation.

“Both the Youth & Recreation Department and the Town of Cheektowaga are fortunate enough to have such conscientious and mature staff to keep our youngest Town members safe,” added Ms. Benczkowski

Reconized at the Town Board meeting were:

Alexander Day Camp:

Amy McMahon
Jessica Calandra
Sean McCowan
Kristen Stadelmeyer
Sandra Schrader
Danielle Keller
Jessica Gaffney
Morgan Miecznikowski
Brian Wroblewski

Dartwood Day Camp:

Alexis Whelan
Meaghan Gosiak
David Kovatchev
Jessica Beutler