Every winter storm has its own story. This one is called “SnoVember” – a winter storm in November and officially it is still Fall! Our official snowfall is 78 inches, which 6 ½ feet! The snow has finally stopped and many of the travel bans have been lifted or reduced to advisories. More than 20 towns and villages had driving bans for at least 4-days and most streets did not see a plow until late in the week. But even if driving bans are lifted – that does not mean the roadways are clear of snow. Many roads have reduced lanes since the plows only cleared one lane in each direction. Drivers need to be careful navigating their vehicles down these snow covered, rutted roads. The cover picture is a road that handles two lanes of traffic – but with the snow only one lane. Many people are still snowed in or their vehicles were outside and must be dug out. A lot of vehicles were abandoned and then towed. If you were towed by the county there are designated places to go find your vehicle. But expect some damage from the towing and bring a shovel to dig it out! If a private contractor towed you – good luck finding where they left your vehicle. Those people are having a problem finding their vehicle. Unfortunately these storms can be deadly and 12-people did die. One was a young man from Pennsylvania who came with his father to assist and he was killed in an accident. Several died from cardiac arrest from shoveling their driveways and a few died in their trapped vehicles. Very sad, indeed.
We did get out today and took a few pictures and videos of the conditions. I am still uploading the videos and will share them tomorrow. The below vehicle may have been damaged by a plow – especially if it was buried under 6 feet of snow.
Over the next couple days, the temperatures are going to increase and we have emergency teams ready for the pending flooding. With over 6 feet in our neighborhoods, if the town does not truck it out we will be concerned about flooding. The payloader can shovel the snow into a truck but there needs to be a location to dump that snow, which becomes a problem. We will get temperatures into the 60’s F and right now we are at about 40F and it has been raining off and on today. It is cold and damp. Yesterday it was about 20F with some sun so it was easier to be outside. In Buffalo we are resourceful – we can use snow to keep our beverages cold!
Emergencies are always a concern during these snowstorms. Volunteer firemen were out digging out fire hydrants and they dug a path through our streets to get a neighbor to the hospital. Greg talked to him last night – he is home and is doing well. Other times they might send in a payloader to quickly dig a path to get the person to the hospital. This was the case for a young woman who went into labor. Mercy flight can come in to air lift someone as long as a spot can be cleared for them to land. This was used when a young man fell off the roof of a mobile home trying to clear off the snow.
Buffalo New York is known as “The City of Good Neighbors”. We are willing to help each other out whether it is to unbury a vehicle, check on a neighbor to see if they need anything, or bring over a hot meal. Below are candid shots of neighbors helping each other. Our one neighbor hired a front loader to plow out our neighborhood – very generous! Another neighbor brought over his vehicle to help people get on their roofs to remove the heavy snow. Notice that even with the snow everyone is smiling and laughing.
Greg and I got out a bit since the driving ban is lifted. Below are a few pictures from the car. The first is our local gas station!