Residents of Western New York are certainly no strangers to a good snowstorm every now and again, but Mother Nature’s latest joke on the city of Buffalo garnered attention across the country — first because of the sudden seven-foot accumulation of snow, and then because of “spring-like” temperatures just a few days later.
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a flood warning, following the emergency snowstorm warning, when meteorologists predicted that temperatures in and around Buffalo would rise well over 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Buffalo may have dealt with the snowstorm. much more smoothly than other cities would have, given their experience with such lake-effect storms, but the possibility of widespread flooding was enough to convince many residents to evacuate their homes, just a few days before Thanksgiving.
Luckily, despite the “spring-like” temperatures, it appears that Buffalo residents don’t have to worry about the massive floods that would naturally follow from seven feet of melting snow.
According to the Guardian, Mayor Byron Brown stated that National Guard members joined volunteer crews from across the state to remove about 11,000 truckloads of snow from city neighborhoods, before it started melting. The state provided water pumps and sandbags, as well, in order to minimize flooding around creeks and drainage pipes.
Although moderate flooding did occur, as is customary after any amount of snow begins to melt, the reports of flooding were very isolated and the majority of homes were not affected.
This is certainly good news for area homeowners — many of whom were already dealing with roof problems and window cracks caused by the weight of the snow. Flooding and subsequent water damage are some of the biggest culprits. For cracked foundations and structural instability in homes, and one shudders to think of how much it would cost to repair a home from both the top down and the bottom up.
For now, it appears that Buffalo got off easy. But the winter season technically hasn’t even started yet, and as Western New Yorkers already know very well, anything is possible when it comes to the weather.