TOWN OF NIAGARA, N.Y. -- A plan to halt summer flash floods along a stretch of a Niagara County waterway will soon hold water.

It took 10 years of planning, and now the design phase of the creek will begin immediately, in collaboration with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper and the county Department of Economic Development

The 30 acres, donated by the Weber family, will now be owned by the Town of Niagara. Supervisor Lee Wallace says he's listening to the complaints from Roberts Drive and Tuscarora Road neighbors.

“When we get a big rain here in this area and that creek spills over, it is a huge issue for our neighbors and it’s frustrating for them and no one should have to live that way," said Wallace, D-Town of Niagara.

Work is expected to begin in a a year to 18 months, Wallace said, and phase two of the project, about three years down the road, will be to protect the wildlife and species in the area while providing public access to the space.