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Families flee flood waters as Buffalo river bursts its banks

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Sunday, January 12, 2014, 7:41 PM -

Early Saturday afternoon the Buffalo creek silent and frozen. Fast forward a few hours later, ice cracking, fast moving water that would lead to a neighborhood needing help. 

Residents living near Lexington Green Road in West Seneca woke up to see backyards, homes, and roads covered with water. 

"I came out here and my goodness it's a river going down there," said one resident to a local news agency. 

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Water as high as three metres high flooded nearby roads and house. 

The flooding got so dangerous that some residents had to be rescued by boat. 

People in need are being taken to warming centres until as crews continue with clean-up efforts.

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