Constituent Services
October 25, 2005
Congressman Meets With Local Residents, Will Work With Town Officials 
 BOSTON, NY - At the request of Boston Town Supervisor Bill Eagan, Congressman Brian Higgins (27th District – Erie County) toured the affected flood areas of 18 Mile Creek in the Town of Boston, assessing the damaged areas.
Eagan, Councilman Rich Hawkins and Highway Superintendent Bob Telaak led Higgins on a tour of the local neighborhoods where flooding of the creek affected homeowners and residents. The Congressman credited the work town officials have completed thus far, and is prepared to work with local leaders to help facilitate a long-term solution to the flooding problems.
“The simple fact is that every time we get a heavy rain in this area, people in the valley have to live with the fear of losing their homes and property,” said Higgins, as he toured the local area. “You need to see this problem up close to really get a sense of it, and I’m glad that Bill and Rich asked me to come and take a look,” Higgins added.
Higgins met with town officials and local residents, including Hillcroft Drive resient Nancy Walczak, who discussing the flood issue. Higgins suggested a meeting of all officials – local, county, state and federal – to get a full assessment of the problems and to develop a strategy to see these problems addressed moving forward.
“It is very clear that the local officials in Boston are highly committed to finding both a short-term as well as a long-term solution to the flooding problems in the Boston Valley,” said Higgins. “I want to work with Supervisor Eagan, Councilman Hawkins and all of the local and state officials to put together a plan to see how best to deal with the flooding issues in both the short and the long term,” said Higgins.
Higgins says that he has offered Eagan and the town the full compliment of assistance from his office to put these meetings together toward achieving a workable solution.

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