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June 30, 2013

HOPKINS: A water-logged day to remember

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Soon the police scanner became alive. Walnut Street was beginning to flood. Check out the street near the Palace. Market Street’s starting to flood.

I grabbed a camera and went out for a firsthand look. I nearly got soaked through just walking to the car, and that was WITH an umbrella. Also, I may need to buy a new pair of shoes.

My first stop was Walnut Street, near the old Harrison Radiator building. Water was still below the curb in most areas, but right at the intersection it was spilling into the parking lot.

While there, I shot some video footage, and as luck would have it, a wide load escort drove by, and the water falling off the payload was amazing. Video of that is online, too.

I watched people on Genesee Street push a car that got flooded out, to safety. Erie Street looked like a river, with water rapidly flowing downhill.

Some drivers took it slow, others went through puddles like they were nothing. Water gushed out from a vent hole in the sidewalk along Main Street.

Back at the office, the police scanner was nonstop talk.

“Market and Vine, the street might be caving in.”

“Close Market Street from Widewaters to downtown.”

A sinkhole off Lincoln. Odors of natural gas. Flooded basements. The police department’s second shift was held over. The fire department was rushing from one call to another.

Davison Road was under three feet of water and people were abandoning their cars.

Firefighters from across Niagara County came to Lockport to help out.

Somehow, everything was addressed. Amazingly, there were no serious injuries.

The cleanup will take weeks. It sounds like Lockport officials will have things well under control.

And it’s a day that we won’t soon forget.

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