Record Flooding, Western New York State

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Heavy rains have created some of the worst flooding in recent memory in the Southern Tier of Western New York State.

Governor Paterson declared a state disaster emergency for Erie, Cattaragus and Chautauqua counties after severe storms struck Western New York Sunday night through Monday morning.

The main road in the Village of Gowanda was closed after several feet of flood water rushed through the center of the village, flooding basements and leaving tons of mud behind.

The storms claimed at least one life in Gowanda, when a man was swept away by fast moving water.

In Silver Village mobile homes were damaged or destroyed by raging flood waters.

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JoAnn says ... on Saturday, Aug 15 at 2:14 PM

I do not live in Gowanda , but have family, friends who do. I best friend kathy Drew lived in the Sliver Creek Trailer Court that was destroyed in the storm. She lost everything. God Bless her and everyone that lived there and everyone in Gowanda.

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