After living on Cayuga Island for the past 15 years, Margaret Batterson is used to the occasional flooding carried over from the Niagara River.

Still, the past two weeks have been an unpleasant surprise.

“It’s never been this bad,” Batterson said Thursday afternoon as water authority workers continued to pump water from the streets. “I didn’t go to work this morning because I couldn’t get my car out of the driveway.”

Cayuga Island residents woke up to nearly a foot of water flooding their streets, the result of overflowing from the river caused by chunks of ice and wind, said Gerald G. Grose, executive director of the Niagara Falls Water Board. In addition, the Robert Moses Parkway’s on-ramp was blocked off from the LaSalle Expressway because of flooding under the Grand Island Bridges.

The authority started receiving complaint calls shortly after 5 a.m.

“The level of the river went up substantially,” Grose said. “Normally, we don’t have as big of a problem as we did (Thursday).”

Because of its proximity to the Niagara River, Cayuga Island is plagued with street flooding anytime there’s heavy rain or snowfall mixed with high winds. Often times, the river backs up the storm sewer lines and water is discharged at street intersections, causing driving hazards.

On Thursday, the deepest flooding was along Rivershore Drive. Several homes had minor flooding in their basements, including Batterson’s near the corner of Griffon Avenue and S. 89th Street.

“Nothing was damaged,” Batterson said. “Living so close to the river, we’ve kind of gotten used to the threat of floods so we keep our basement pretty clear.”

Grose said crews worked into the early afternoon pumping water from the streets into Jayne Park, causing substantial flooding there as a result. The cleanup left build-ups of slush and ice along the streets, Batterson said.

However, she pointed out the scene throughout the island was much worse last week after the ice boom broke and caused large-scale flooding along the streets, which eventually turned into thick ice. Members of the city’s Department of Public Works had to come out and heavily salt the roads to help diffuse the dangerous situation.

The ice boom, which is maintained by the New York State Power Authority and helps prevent ice from clogging the river, has been fixed and was not the cause of Thursday’s flooding, Grose said.

Batterson said she heard the water authority had “goofed” and left water valves open that caused the storm sewers to back up. She also believes the constant flooding is at least partially caused by an aging pump station on the island.

“Somebody needs to look at the fact that pump is outdated,” she said. “It’s inadequate for what we need.”

Grose said some of the valves were open slightly overnight, but later closed and not a factor in the flooding. He also said the pump station is working properly.

“Cayuga Island is a flood plain, there’s nothing we can really do about that,” Grose said. “But, it’s been 15 to 20 years since we’ve experienced flooding this bad.”

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