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Flood Information for Amherst Residents

During this last rain event a lot of residents had issues with some level of flooding inside or around their home.  When the water table is high and the rainfall/snowmelt combination is high, water can get in your home through floor drains, toilets and washtubs.  Some residents fared well by having a stop flow valve previously installed in the line that runs out of their home. Some simply used a plug in the floor drain. This either eliminated or limited the back flow into their homes. For more specific information contact the Plumbing Division of our Building Department at 631-7088 or 631-7080.

In the event you come upon a flooded roadway DO NOT drive through it.  Do not go around Flooded Roadway Sign or barricaded roadway.  If you see a flooded-out street ahead, turn around and find another route for your destination.  

Family Left Homeless in Niagara Falls Fire

NIAGARA FALLS, NY – Fire struck the home at 631 25th Street Thursday night, leaving a family homeless.

Niagara Falls Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Gray tells 2 On Your Side the fire started in the back of the house but fortunately no one was home at the time. he said the family is being helped by the Red Cross.

There's no word on what started the fire.

Firefighters Rescue Family From Burning Building

MIDDLEPORT, N.Y.- Niagara County firefighters, sheriff's deputies, and Middleport police teamed up to rescue a mother and her four children from a burning apartment complex in Middleport Wednesday morning.

Police Chief John Swick says he attempted to enter the building but was driven back by thick black smoke. He then ran to the back where he says he saw a woman at a second story window. Swick says she told him her four children were still in the burning apartment with her. So Chief Swick says he told her to lower them down from the window so he could catch them one by one. They were then taken to an ambulance which soon arrived.

Neither the mother nor her four children, ages 7, 6, 2, and 6 months were hurt. The mother's sister also used a ladder propped up by firefighters to escape from an adjacent roof.

The four unit building is listed as a total loss. The Red Cross is sheltering 11 residents of the building including the family.

Renowned Buffalo Bills Doctor Battles Leukemia

LOCKPORT, NY- Buffalo Bills doctor Andrew Cappuccino received worldwide recognition six years ago for saving the life of former player Kevin Everett. Recently, however, the doctor became a patient himself. For months, he's been battling a form of leukemia. The Lockport spine surgeon returned to work Thursday and sat down with Two On Your Side to tell his story.

Dr. Cappuccino said it all started with a routine stress test back in August.

"They drew routine blood work, and I had no symptoms whatsoever. I felt literally like a million bucks," he recalled.

But his blood count came back abnormal, and after more testing, doctors confirmed he had acute myeloid leukemia. Doctors immediately started a course of chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant. Fortunately, he didn't have to look far for the perfect match.

Police: Speed a Factor in Lewiston Fatal Crash

LEWISTON, NY- Lewiston Police say speed was likely a factor in an early morning crash in which two people were killed. The crash happened on Walmore Road just after 2 a.m. Monday morning. Police say 32-year-old Brandon Rickard and 29-year-old Danyle White, both residents of the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, were killed.

Police say they arrived on scene to find one part of the car wrapped around a tree and on fire and the other part containing the victims about 30 feet away. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

A woman identifying herself as White's cousin tells 2 On Your Side White was a mother of four young children and Rickard was the father of the three youngest. She said the two were on their way home from Rickard's pool league playoffs early Monday morning and he had just won first place. She said of White that "she was so proud of her family and was such a wonderful mom."

The 'Indian and the White Guy' Deliver Musical Comedy at Seneca Niagara Casino on January 4

The 'Indian and the White Guy' Deliver Musical Comedy at Seneca Niagara Casino on January 4

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel welcomes hilarious musical comedy on Saturday, Jan. 4, as Williams & Ree performs twice inside the intimate 440-seat Bear’s Den Showroom. The duo, commonly known as “The Indian and the White Guy,” has performed together for 45 years.

Great seats are still available and start at $20 for the 3 p.m. matinee performance and $25 for the 8 p.m. evening performance. Tickets can be purchased at Seneca Casino box offices, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Williams & Ree share a unique ability to make people laugh, even if it comes from laughing at themselves – a trait which first drew them together in 1968. Bruce Williams and Terry Ree met at Black Hills State College in Spearfish, S.D., and played together in a band. Their comedic banter between songs soon became an even bigger draw than the music, and the comedy team was soon born.

Preparing For Christmas In The Dark

NIAGARA COUNTY, NY- When an ice storm knocked out the power across parts of Niagara County early Sunday morning, Shelley Geber and her family, had no idea when the lights on their Christmas Tree would come back on.

Now, with Christmas fast approaching, the Gebers are preparing for Christmas in the dark.