Here is another article about things going on around Rochester. Enjoy!
The snowfall may have subsided, but the trouble isn’t over for Western New York.
After being hit by seven and a half feet of snow in some areas last week, Buffalo has turned its fears from snow to flooding. Temperatures warmed up over the weekend, reaching highs in the 60s on Monday.
There’s a lot of snow ready to melt around Buffalo, but as snow melts and rain falls, the feet of snow piled on top of already-strained roofs will only get heavier. As of Monday, at least 30 roofs had collapsed as a result of the heavy load.
Concerns about flooding are also growing, as all that snow has to go somewhere as it melts. Snowmelt is a common, albeit overlooked, cause of flooding, and the city is doing everything it can to prepare for potential dangers.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo warned homeowners to make sure their gutters and storm drains were cleared, while announcing that he has already called in reinforcements from around the state to help with any problems.
While snow clearing crews from Rochester and the surrounding areas returned home on Monday, that same day saw 35 members of the New York Fire Department’s Incident Management Team arrive in Buffalo to assist with the flooding.
Buffalo residents held their breath as the temperatures rose on Monday, but aside from some flooded basements, there have been no real troubles thus far. As homeowners power up their sump dumps in their basements, Governor Cuomo warned that the city was not yet out of the woods.
“As of this moment, the situation is not as problematic as it could have been,” Cuomo said Monday. “But again, a question mark until we know fully what Mother Nature holds for us throughout the rest of the day and tomorrow.”
An even larger fear is presenting itself in the form of high winds. Gusts of up to 65 mph threaten to knock down power lines, causing residents to lose power to the sump pumps drying out their basements, and causing snow-laden trees to be uprooted from the soggy ground.
As Buffalo’s public schools reopen, the city tries to get back on track, after being completely frozen by the storm. Driving bans have been lifted, and the 139-mile stretch of the NYS Thruway that was closed between Rochester and Buffalo has been reopened. A total of 13 people have died as a result of the storm, most caused by heart attacks brought on by the exertions of snow removal.