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Flood Warning for Tonawanda Creek in Amherst, Clarence and Royalton

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – A flood warning is posted for the Tonawanda Creek in Amherst, Clarence and Royalton. Rising waters have already forced the closing of several roadways.

Tonawanda Creek is always prone to Spring-time flooding. Tuesday morning, it was a trouble spot for residents living nearby. At the Buffalo office of the National Weather service, Meteorologist John Rozbicki, said Tonawanda Creek continues to rise above its flood stage in parts of Erie and Niagara Counties.

"As of 4:25 AM this morning the creek was at 13.52 feet and rising. Flood stage is around 12 feet," Rozbicki said. "We expect it to crest at 13.7 feet sometime this (Tuesday) morning, then slowly drop back, but probably not below flood stage until Wednesday or Thursday."

Flooding has forced authorities to close some roads in Clarence and Newstead.

"The best thing you can do is keep an eye on the creek levels, Rozbicki said. "Take necessary actions if you feel threatened by the flooding, move to higher ground to protect your possessions as you see fit."

Forecasters say the flooding was caused by rainfall over the weekend, combined with the heavy, slushy snow that fell on Sunday.