Three days after the deadliest storm to hit western New York in at least two generations, state and military police were dispatched to Buffalo to keep motorists off the city’s snow-covered highways.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz cautioned that police would be stationed at entrances to Buffalo and at busy intersections to prohibit driving inside New York’s second-largest city despite some signs of progress, such as outlying routes reopening and emergency response service being restored.
The restriction is being disregarded by “too many people,” Democratic congressman Poloncarz stated at a press conference.
In Erie County, which encompasses Buffalo and its 275,000 population, up to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) more snow might fall on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Officials were slightly concerned about the possibility of flooding later in the week when the weather is forecast to warm and start melting the snow, according to County Emergency Services Commissioner Dan Neaverth Jr.
At least two dozen fatalities were recorded in other parts of the country due to the fierce winter storm, and power outages were reported in towns from Maine to Washington state.
After food boxes were delivered by helicopter and trucks over the weekend to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe reservation in South Dakota, the tribe said it planned to utilize snowmobiles to reach members on Tuesday.
The corpses were discovered in snowbanks, houses, and automobiles in Buffalo.
Some people died while shoveling snow, while others perished due to emergency personnel’s delayed response to medical emergencies.
Even for a region known for having a lot of snow, Poloncarz termed the blizzard “the worst storm perhaps in our lifetime.”
The winter storm forced the closure of the city’s airport, left some inhabitants without heat, and left several individuals stranded in their automobiles for days.
By late Tuesday morning, more than 4,000 households and businesses were still without electricity.
In a makeshift shelter in her Buffalo living room, Trisha LoGrasso and her family were still congregated Monday.
The temperature inside the house was 42 degrees (5.5 Celsius), a gas leak prevented her from having a heat, and ruptured pipes prevented her from having running water.
The 48-year-old LoGrasso declared, “I’ve been here my entire life, and this is the worst storm I’ve ever seen.”
As Gov. Kathy Hochul visited the damage in Buffalo, her hometown, and dubbed the blizzard “one for the ages,” President Joe Biden offered federal assistance to New York on Monday.
She said that nearly every fire engine in the city became stranded on Saturday.
Democratic congressman Hochul pointed out that the storm came just over a month after another epic snowfall battered the area.
The combined snowfall from the two storms is not far from the region’s average annual snowfall of 95.4 inches (242 cm).
At 10 a.m., the National Weather Service reported that the snow depth at Buffalo Niagara International Airport was 49.2 inches (1.25 meters) Monday.
According to officials, the airport will be closed until Wednesday morning.
As of Tuesday about noon Eastern time, more than 2,900 domestic and international flights within the United States had been canceled, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.
The United States Department of Transportation announced that it would investigate Southwest Airlines flight cancellations that left passengers stranded at national airports during the winter storm.
Flights were forced to be canceled by numerous airlines, but Southwest was by far the most prevalent.