W. Toulon family files $9K claim against town for August flood damage

Water from flooded homes on Towers Boulevard is pumped into the street by South Line firefighters the night of August 17th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Water from flooded homes on Towers Boulevard is pumped into the street by South Line firefighters the night of August 17th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – As residents in South Cheektowaga continue the process to recover from damages caused by floodwaters in August, some have begun to submit claims against the Town of Cheektowaga.

One family, Cherie and Robert Noah of W. Toulon Drive, are one of the first to file a notice of claim against the town to recover damages according to paperwork filed in the Town Clerk’s office.

They say after heavy rains fell on the night of August 18th, water from the sewer systems came down their driveway and filled their home with water.

“The sewer couldn’t keep up from 11:00 pm to 3:30 am.  We had a submersible pump running from 12:00 am to 3:30 am, and the water was only rising higher.  We couldn’t pump out our house until the sewer caught up, and then we pumped the water out from 3:30 am to 4:30 am,” the Noahs wrote in their claim.

The Noahs are claiming $9,698.40 in damages.  Some of the items are “priceless and irreplaceable.”

“My son’s baby book with his sonogram pictures, footprints, first haircut, hospital bracelets, all his artwork and memorable stories from kindergarten to 4th grade,” added the Noahs.

Two bands of moisture – one north around Lake Ontario and another moving up from the south – converged over Cheektowaga National Weather Service Meteorologist Steve Welch told the Cheektowaga Chronicle in August.

Sharon Hejna of nearby Autumnwood Drive told Cheektowaga Chronicle that her rain gage registered four inches of precipitation by 12:30 am.

Supervisor Diane Benczkowski takes notes during a community forum on August 27th at South Line Fire Company. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Supervisor Diane Benczkowski takes notes during a community forum on August 27th at South Line Fire Company. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

Over 200 South Cheektowaga residents packed South Line Fire Company’s meeting hall on French Road on August 27th to air their frustration over a recent flood.

“Everybody had a unique situation, and there isn’t an answer I could tell you that would fit for everybody,” Ms. Benczkowski said after the meeting.  “I’m glad that we did this because these are issues that I did not know about or were really this intense.  It is frustrating, I feel really bad that all those people lost everything and then some, over and over again because this problem was occurring.  I understand that they are frustrated with the “town” but I have to look back into the records to see why that was even approved and then maybe we can figure out how to fix it.  It just might take a while to fix.”

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