Western New York facing disastrous flooding as record snowfall melts
According to new reports, major flooding has become a growing concern in Western regions of New York State, particularly the city of Buffalo, as high winds are raising temperatures in the area, where 88 inches, or over 7 feet, of snow fell last week.
CHICAGO, IL, Nov. 24, 2014 -- According to new reports, Western regions of New York State, particularly the city of Buffalo, are facing disastrous flooding, as high winds are raising temperatures across the area, where 88 inches, or over 7 feet, of snow fell last week.
"Since many storm drains are snow clogged, many urban areas will likely experience flooding with several feet of water possibly accumulating on some stretches of road," stated the National Weather Service via USA Today. "Some residential basements will start to flood at this time, as well."
According to NBC News, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has informed people in flood-prone areas to be prepared to evacuate in case of disaster. Workers are moving as quickly as possible to transfer snow out of these areas to safe zones with large trucks before it melts, as strong winds reaching up to 60 mph push their way through.
"Flooding, in my opinion, is worse than dealing with snow," said Cuomo via NBC News. "Floods are much more dangerous and destructive than people think … It's not water. It's a toxic brew … it has sewage in it, it has all sorts of run-off in it, and it does tremendous damage with anything that it hits, so flooding is nothing to take lightly."
Trees and power lines damaged and uprooted by the weather may come down, causing road hazards and loss of power. Municipal services are doing their best to warn people ahead of time in case evacuation is necessary, and the National Weather Service currently has flood warnings in place through Wednesday, Nov. 26.