Western New York facing flood risk as snow melts

Western New York facing flood risk as snow melts

Western New York is now facing threat of flooding as the heavy snow melts. The area around Buffalo, New York witnessed record snowfall last week. As the seven feet snow melts, the regional authorities are preparing to handle flooding in some areas.

For flood prevention and snow removal, hundreds of volunteers came in the city. The relief operations for some houses still buried in snow continue. After recent rains, the removal of snow has become difficult. The temperatures are rising. Emergency workers have 180,000 sandbags ready for the flood prevention.

The National Weather Service issued a flood alert and asked people to be careful till Monday afternoon. The drainage system in many areas has suffered as uncollected autumn leaves and snow blocked the catch basins. The local authorities are still focused on snow removal.

During a CNN interview, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said, "It is warming up already, it's in the 40s right now and based on the temps we've been dealing with, it's pretty balmy."

13 people have been reported dead in the snowstorm last week. Many roofs collapsed. As the weather improved, many residents removed the snow from their rooftops. The temperature is expected to remain 50 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday and 60 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday.

Some of the travel bans were lifted on Friday. The authorities have allowed supply trucks to provide essential items at the supermarkets.

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