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2:26 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Thruway Fully Reopened After Snowstorm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say the entire length of the New York State Thruway is open again following last week's snowstorm.

The last closed exit reopened Sunday. All Thruway service plazas are also open now.

More than 80 snowbound vehicles have been towed from the highway to three lots. Drivers can find out where to pick up their vehicles at the Thruway website (www.thruway.ny.gov ).

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12:42 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Rochester Crews Helping Clear Snow Return From Buffalo

A crew of Rochester workers and their heavy equipment returned from Buffalo on Sunday. That was one of the many instances of upstate cities sending help to the region that was slammed by lake effect snow.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and other city officials applauded, as the convoy of 20 trucks and personnel arrived back at the City Operations Building. They had been there since Friday morning, joining hundreds of workers from all over the state who helped people in Western New York dig out from several feet of snow.

Warren says this is the sort of thing that neighbor cities do for each other.

"We recognize and know that Buffalo would do the same for Rochester if we were in this situation and I'm excited at the fact that we were able to show our sister city some compassion at this time of Thanksgiving."

Mike Quattrone is Assistant Director of operations and parks for Rochester. He was out in Buffalo helping clear tons of snow off area streets.

As you go through your career as a public servant it's times like these that the employees really rally to get things done, did an awesome job, tremendous," Quattrone told WXXI News.

Quattrone and his crew worked 16 hour days while they were in Buffalo. Crews and equipment from Monroe County and other area communities were also in Buffalo over the weekend.

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10:02 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Digging Out & Preparing For Flooding

Credit Eileen Buckley / WBFO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo is making significant progress clearing streets still clogged from an epic storm left more than 7 feet of snow even as a flooding threat looms, the city's mayor said Sunday.

A ban on driving will continue in hard-hit South Buffalo as hundreds of dump trucks, loaders and other snow removal equipment continue to work around the clock, Mayor Byron Brown said.

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4:23 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

NYS Officials Outline Flood Plans

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Governor Cuomo on Saturday  highlighted flood preparedness measures at New York State’s emergency response headquarters in Alden, Erie County.

He says with the region is experiencing rising temperatures following days of record-setting snowfall, there is a  strong possibility of significant flooding.

Cuomo has directed state agencies to redeploy resources to help communities in that area, including bringing in boats, high axle vehicles, and more than 176,000 sandbags.

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12:37 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Most Thruway Exits Open Now

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — Drivers are now free to exit the New York State Thruway in most areas pummeled earlier this week by up to 7 feet of snow.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had reopened a 132-mile stretch of the closed thoroughfare on Friday. But drivers would have had to cross the Pennsylvania border before being able to leave it because ramps remained closed along the westernmost 75 miles. That's the stretch that runs parallel Lake Erie's shore.

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9:56 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Thruway Reopens; Fears Of Flooding As Temperatures Rise

Credit Eileen Buckley / WBFO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A stretch of the New York State Thruway closed by a snowfall totaling up to 7 feet reopened Friday for the first time since hundreds of motorists were stranded Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Thruway Authority said the westernmost 132 miles of Interstate 90 opened at 3 p.m. Some exit ramps remained closed.

The snow ended Friday but looming rain and warm temperatures raised the threat of flooding.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the Buffalo area.

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12:11 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

NYS Thruway to Reopen

Credit wbfo.org Eileen Buckley

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) _ Governor Andrew Cuomo says the 132-mile section of the Thruway closed since Tuesday because of a massive lake-effect snow storm in western New York will reopen later Friday with restrictions.

Cuomo said during a news conference Friday morning that a 58-mile stretch of Interstate 90 from Exit 45 near Rochester to Exit 50 at Williamsville will reopen at 3 p.m. Friday. 

The governor says the highway from Exit 51 to Exit 61 at Ripley, on the Pennsylvania border, will also open then but vehicles won't be allowed to exit the Thruway. 

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12:07 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Man Found Dead in Snow Storm Tried To Get Help, But None Came, According to Family

Credit wbfo.org Karen from Marilla

ALDEN, N.Y. (AP) _ The family of a western New York man who died inside his snowbound vehicle says he called for assistance several times but help never arrived. 

The wife and parents of 46-year-old Donald Abate of Blasdell tell Buffalo's WIVB-TV that he was driving home from his job in Batavia early Tuesday morning when his pickup truck wound up in a ditch in the town of Alden, 15 miles east of Buffalo. 

Jackie Abate says her husband called his family on his cellphone and told them he had called AAA and police to get help, but no one ever arrived. 

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1:11 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Buffalo Area Needs To Dig Out; Then Prepare For Possible Flooding

Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Roofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners struggled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area's three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo begged drivers "pretty, pretty please" to stay off slippery, car-clogged roads in western New York while crews tried to dig out. Some areas got close to 3 feet of new snow by Thursday afternoon.

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11:17 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Buffalo Storm Leads to Delay in Inner Loop Project

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If you're one of those who will miss driving on the Inner Loop when a section of it closes for construction, you can thank the Buffalo snowstorm for a delay in the project.

Just over a quarter-mile portion of the Inner Loop was originally scheduled to close tomorrow (Friday).  But city engineer Jim McIntosh tells WXXI News that some of the contractor's equipment is buried under feet of snow in Buffalo.

Construction is now scheduled to start on Wednesday. McIntosh isn't sure if the Inner Loop will be closed before or after the morning rush hour.

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