- Associated Press - Sunday, August 17, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Work is underway on a $1.7 million project to remove sand, gravel and silt from a creek in western New York to reduce the risk of flooding.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said Friday that the dredging work in Cayuga Creek in Erie County is a proactive approach to flood control that will reduce the risk of floods to more than 125 nearby homes and businesses.

The project also involves the construction of a floodwall, new drainage construction and changes to the creek bank to reduce the risk of flooding.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of October.

Steven Hoffman, mayor of the town of Depew, says the creek has “long been a trouble spot” for flooding.

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