US military police: Officials continued to count fatalities three days after western New York‘s deadliest storm in at least two generations, sending state and military police to keep people off Buffalo’s snow-choked highways.
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Despite the reopening of suburban roads and most major highways in the area, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz cautioned that police would be stationed at Buffalo’s entrances and major crossroads because some cars were violating a ban on driving within New York’s second-most populated city.
Officials say more than 30 people have died in the region, including seven storm-related deaths disclosed Tuesday by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s office. The death toll exceeds that of the catastrophic Blizzard of 1977, which was blamed for the deaths of up to 29 persons in an area known for harsh winter weather.
Officials say more than 30 people have died in the region, including seven storm-related deaths disclosed Tuesday by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s office.
The death toll exceeds that of the historic Blizzard of 1977, which was blamed for the deaths of up to 29 individuals in a region known for extreme winter weather.
Greg Monett, a Buffalo resident, took to social media to ask for help clearing a 1.8m pile of snow off the end of his driveway so he could undergo dialysis treatment on Tuesday.
“It’s been a nightmare,” he admitted.
He claimed that his family’s home had been without power for some time, so relatives used a gas burner to keep warm, a technique he admitted was risky.
Greg Monett took to social media to ask for help shovelling a 6-foot (1.8-meter) snowdrift off the end of his Buffalo driveway so he could receive dialysis treatment on Tuesday.
“It’s been a nightmare,” he admitted in an interview on Monday. He claimed that his family’s home had been without power for some time, so relatives used a gas burner to keep warm, a technique he admitted was risky.
“We had to do what we had to do,” Monett, 43, explained. “We would have died of cold in here.”
When his blood sugar became dangerously low and he nearly passed out Sunday night, his loved ones contacted 911, but they were told it would take hours to reach to the house, according to Monett.
The bodies were discovered in automobiles, residences, and snowbanks in Buffalo. Some died while shoveling snow, while others died because emergency crews were unable to respond quickly to medical emergencies. Democrat Poloncarz termed the blizzard “the worst storm certainly in our lifetime,” especially for a region notorious for severe snowfall. More bodies are expected to be discovered as the snow melts or is cleared.
The winter storm stranded several individuals in their automobiles for days, closed the city’s airport, and left some residents suffering in the cold. Over 4,000 homes and businesses remained without power as of late Tuesday morning.
At 10 a.m. Monday, the National Weather Service reported 49.2 inches (1.25 metres) of snow at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The airport will be closed until Wednesday morning, according to officials.
President Joe Biden proposed federal help to New York on Monday, including payment for some storm-relief activities. Gov. Kathy Hochul saw the damage in her hometown of Buffalo, calling the blizzard “one for the ages.” Almost every fire engine in town was trapped on Saturday, she claimed.
Peltz contributed reporting from New York. Heather Hollingsworth in Kansas City, Missouri; Julie Walker in New York; and Mike Schneider in Orlando, Florida all contributed to this report.