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Excess water in Baldwinsville?

As of last Friday, Van Buren Supervisor Mary Crego hadn't received any complaints regarding flooding this spring. A good sign considering the amount of snow and rain that fell in Baldwinsville.

"This is probably a really good year compared to some," said Van Buren Highway Superintendent Ed Parks, who has only received a few calls this year. "(The river) was up there pretty good, but then it started leveling off."

According to Parks, flooding looked like it would get serious a couple of weeks ago, but when the cold returned, the threat went away. Parks said because the ground never really froze, the water was able to drain all year long.

Baldwinsville Highway Superintendent Claude Sykes said flooding is caused when the river level goes up and the creeks have difficulty draining.

"The creeks can't flow out as easy," Sykes said, adding that there were potential flood problems at Tannery Creek and Crooked Brook in the village. "Crooked Brook was a little high, but it didn't negatively impact anyone."

Sykes said the heavy rains and snow caused a few complaints regarding flooded drains, but added that flooding is lower than average.

"I've seen it a lot worse," he said. "As far as the creeks, there isn't a lot we can do. We can get sandbags to protect establishments. It always interests me that people think we can stop flooding."

On the other hand, Lysander has seen increased flooding problems this year.

"Flooding is worse than usual due to excess snow and recent rains," said Highway Superintendent Bruce Reeves.

According to Reeves, roads were washed out in the northern hamlet of Lysander and, in the Chatham Woods development on Lamson Road, the creek overflowed causing the roads to flood. He added that in typical years, there are no washouts and the highway department might have to clean out a pipe or two.

This year, the department has had to deal with washed out roads, which are caused when excess water washes away the ground beneath the road causing a lack of support. The highway department then has to fill the washed away grounds back in.

"As far as the spring thaw, (flooding) is worse than normal," Reeves said.

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