BUFFALO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Help from Long Island is on its way to Western New York as the region deals with another round of lake-effect snow on top of the nearly 6 feet that’s already on the ground in some places.
A contingent of plows and personnel from Suffolk County is headed to Buffalo to help with snow removal, where as much as 5 1/2 feet of snow fell Wednesday. Thursday’s snowfall could bring 1 to 3 feet more.
“When we got the call yesterday asking for assistance for Buffalo, my response was immediately, ‘absolutely, whatever they need,'” Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone said. “We are talking about a storm here that is anywhere from 6 to 9 feet –that is extraordinary.”
The most snow the Suffolk crews have worked is 2 1/2 feet, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported. Richard Carey, the highway crew foreman, said he doesn’t know what to expect in Buffalo.
“This, never seen before. It’s going to be a learning experience for all of us,” he said.
The Long Island convoy is part of a fleet of personnel and equipment assembled by the state in what Gov. Andrew Cuomo called “the largest deployment of its kind ever.”
“Literally, thousands of people from across the state coming in to help and hundreds of pieces of equipment,” he said Thursday.
Cuomo said 1,275 personnel and 658 pieces of heavy equipment, including plows, loaders, dump trucks and snow blowers, are helping in the effort.
The Suffolk County crew is expected to be in Western New York until at least mid-next week, WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported.