Thursday, February 17, 2022

Winter Weather Advisory for Wyoming County:
Ice jam raises concerns in Attica; Route 258 closed in Groveland

Route 19A between Denton and Devaney roads in Portageville will be shut down due to flooding, according to an advisory from NY-Alert.

UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Route 258 between Route 36 and Route 63 in the town of Groveland is closed due to flooding, according to an advisory from the state Department of Transportation via NY-Alert.

The road is expected to remain closed until Sunday due to flooding.

Route 258, also known as Flats Road, is subject to frequent closings during periods of snow melts.

UPDATE, 7 p.m.: The Attica Fire Department said tonight in a Facebook post that it is monitoring an ice jam on Tonawanda Creek and warning about possible evacuations.

“We are concerned about an ice jam that may let go and could cause significant flooding to the Water Street, North Washington, lower half of North Street and Exchange St areas,” the department said.

“Please be on heightened alert for possible evacuations. We are monitoring the situation,” the post said.

Flood watches and warnings continue across the region tonight as warm temperatures and significant rain contributed to high flows from rain and snowmelt in area rivers, creeks and low-lying agriculture and urban areas. Potential ice jams through tonight may result in more significant flooding localized near ice jams, according to the National Weather Service.

UPDATE, 2 p.m.: A dramatic change in weather with snow and ice is on the horizon, prompting the National Weather Service to upgrade and expand on advisories.

A winter storm warning will be in effect from 5 to 9 a.m. in Orleans and Niagara counties. The winter weather advisory is no longer in effect.

Heavy mixed precipitation and snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches and ice accumulations of up to one-tenth of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. Rain will change over to freezing rain and sleet early this evening and persist through the evening hours. Mixed precipitation will change to moderate snow late this evening and continue into Friday morning.

Travel could be very difficult. The combination of ice, snow, and rapidly falling temperatures will result in very difficult conditions for driving by Friday morning. Standing water from earlier rainfall will also pose a risk of icy conditions tonight into Friday morning. Snow will reduce visibility tonight. The snow will taper off early Friday morning, but roads will remain very slippery through the Friday morning commute, the Weather Service said.

The following flood warnings are for high flows from rain and snowmelt. Potential ice jams through tonight may result in more significant flooding localized near ice jams.

The Weather Service has also issued flood warnings for the following rivers:

■ Genesee River At Wellsville affecting Wyoming, Livingston and Allegany Counties.
■ Genesee River At Portageville affecting Wyoming, Livingston and Allegany Counties.
■ Black Creek At Churchville affecting Monroe and Genesee Counties.
■ Cattaraugus Creek At Gowanda affecting Chautauqua, Erie, Cattaraugus and Wyoming Counties.
■ Ellicott Creek Near Williamsville affecting Erie and Genesee Counties.
■ Tonawanda Creek At Batavia affecting Wyoming, Erie, Niagara and Genesee Counties.

Heavy rain will fall on a deep primed snowpack leading to the melt increasing. Flows in rivers will increase quickly and reach critical levels.

■ For the Genesee River including Wellsville, Portageville, Mount Morris Dam, Avon, Rochester, Honeoye Falls: Minor flooding is forecast.
■ For the Black Creek including Churchville: Minor flooding is forecast.
■ For the Cattaraugus Creek including Gowanda: Minor flooding is forecast.
■ For the Ellicott Creek including Williamsville: Minor flooding is forecast.
■ For the Tonawanda Creek including Attica, Batavia, Rapids: Minor flooding is forecast.

A flood warning is in effect to Saturday morning for the Tonawanda Creek at Batavia. Flood stage is 9 feet, which brings some flooding to Batavia, possibly affecting Kibbe Park, Walnut Street, and Law Street. Flooding in rural areas of Alexander and the lowlands of the Alabama Swamps with some road closures is also likely, according to the Weather Service.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, the river was at 2.9 feet. The river was expected to rise above flood stage on Friday morning, creating early Friday afternoon at 9.7 feet before falling below flood stage early Saturday morning.

A flood warning will be in effect from Friday afternoon to late Sunday morning for Black Creek at Churchville where minor flooding is forecast.

Flood stage is 6 feet, which sees more widespread agricultural land flooding, some backyard and basement flooding Churchville to Chili but minimal damages, according to the Weather Service.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, the creek was at 2.8 feet. The creek is expected to rise above flood stage early Friday afternoon to a crest of 6.8 feet Saturday morning. It will then fall below flood stage early Sunday morning, the Weather Service said.

A flood warning will be in effect from late tonight to Friday afternoon for Buffalo Creek at Gardenville, which would affect Wyoming and Erie counties.

Flood stage is 7 feet, which brings minor flooding along the low-lying areas next to Buffalo Creek, especially around the farm fields downstream from Union Road, according to the Weather Service.

At 11:15 a.m. Thursday the creek was at 3.6 feet. The river is expected to rise above flood stage just after midnight tonight to a crest of 7.9 feet Friday morning. It will then fall below flood stage late Friday morning.

Flood watches continue through Friday evening for Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties, and also Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Monroe, Niagara, and northern and southern Erie counties.

Winter weather advisories –now with increased snow totals – begin tonight across the four-county GLOW region as mixed precipitation and snow is expected.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory that begins at 7 tonight for Genesee, Erie, Monroe and Chautauqua counties. The advisory will be in effect until 9 a.m. Friday.

Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches – up an inch from an earlier advisory – and ice accumulations of one-tenth to two-tenths of an inch are possible. Winds may gust as high as 35 mph, according to the Weather Service.

Travel will be very difficult, the Weather Service said.

The combination of ice, snow, and rapidly falling temperatures will result in icy and snow covered roads. Snow will reduce visibility tonight. The snow will taper off early Friday morning, but roads may remain very slippery through the morning commute, the Weather Service said.

A separate advisory begins at 9 tonight for Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. The advisory will remain in effect until 9 a.m. Friday.

Total snow accumulations of up to 2 inches and ice accumulations of around one-tenth of an inch are possible. Winds may gust as high as 35 mph, according to the Weather Service.



Travel may be very difficult, the Weather Service said.

The combination of ice, light snow, and rapidly falling temperatures will result in icy and snow covered roads. The precipitation will taper off early Friday morning, but roads may remain very slippery through the morning commute, the Weather Service said.

Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will result in slippery roads and limited visibilities. Slow down and use caution while driving.

A flood watch remains in effect through Friday evening for a portion of western New York, including Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Other counties in the watch include Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Monroe, Niagara, and northern and southern Erie counties.

There is increasing confidence that excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. The greatest threat for flooding will be in ice jam prone areas, such as the Buffalo area creeks and near Sunset Bay on Cattaraugus creek, the Weather service said.

Ice will begin to break up on area creeks through Thursday morning, with a risk of ice jams at typically vulnerable locations. Then steadier rain will move in Thursday, resulting in more significant and widespread rises on area creeks and rivers. The system will generate between an inch and inch and a half of rain before changing over to snow and ending Thursday night, the Weather Service said.

The greatest risk for flooding is Thursday night, when run-off from the rain and snow-melt will peak.

The Weather Service has also issued a flood warning for Buffalo Creek near Gardenville and Cayuga Creek near Lancaster, which may affect both Wyoming and Erie counties.

A warning has also been issued for Cazenovia Creek near Ebenezer, affecting Erie County.

The warning will be in effect from this evening through Friday evening.

The flood warnings are for high flows from rain and snowmelt. Potential ice jams later today and tonight may result in more significant flooding localized near ice jams.

Moderate flooding is forecast for Buffalo Creek, while minor flooding is forecast for Cayuga and Cazenovia creeks, the Weather Service said.

Flood stage for Cayuga Creek is 8 feet, bringing minor flooding low lying areas of Lancaster and Alden. At 5:30 a.m. Thursday the stage was 5.3 feet. The river is expected to rise above flood stage this evening to a crest of 8.5 feet Friday morning. It will then fall below flood stage early Friday afternoon, the Weather Service said.

A flood watch remains in effect through Friday evening for Steuben County. Other New York counties included in the watch are Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Schuyler, seneca, southern Cayuga, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins and Yates counties.

Flooding caused by rain and snowmelt is possible. Ice jams may occur, the Weather Service said.

Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.

A winter weather advisory that includes Steuben County will be in effect from 1 to 11 a.m. Friday.

Mixed precipitation expected along with flash freeze potential. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of a light glaze are forecast, the Weather Service said.

The advisory also includes northern Oneida, Yates, Seneca, southern Cayuga, Onondaga, Madison and southern Oneida counties.

Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could affect the morning commute, according to the Weather Service.

A strong cold front will move through late tonight with temperatures quickly falling into the 20s. Any wet and untreated roadways and bridges could quickly freeze, the Weather Service said.

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W. PETE MAIRS

W. PETE MAIRS
Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.

GERALD C. SAHRLE

GERALD C. SAHRLE
Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")
"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.

BRENDA J. PADDOCK

BRENDA J. PADDOCK
Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.

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