Military police called in to enforce Buffalo driving ban

In Buffalo, the dead were found in cars, homes and snowdrifts. Some died while shoveling snow, others when emergency crews were unable to respond promptly after the 911 call.

BUFFALO, NY — State police and the military were sent in on Tuesday to keep people away from the snowy roads of Buffalo, and officials continue to tally the death toll three days after the storm caused the storm. deadliest in western New York for at least two generations.

Amid some signs of progress – suburban roads have reopened and emergency response services have been restored – County Executive Mark Poloncarz warned that police will be stationed at Buffalo entrances and at major intersections to enforce a driving ban in New York’s second most populous city.

“Too many people ignore the ban,” Poloncarz, a Democrat, said at a news conference.

The National Weather Service predicts that up to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) of snow could fall Tuesday in Erie County, which includes Buffalo and its 275,000 residents. County Emergency Services Commissioner Dan Neaverth Jr. said officials are also slightly concerned about the possibility of flooding over the weekend, when the weather is forecast to warm up and the snow begins to melt.

The rest of the US is also reeling from the fierce winter storm, with at least more than two dozen deaths reported in other parts of the country and power outages in communities from Maine to Washington state. .

The Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota plans to use snowmobiles to reach residents after food boxes arrive by helicopter and truck over the weekend, the tribe said.

In Buffalo, the dead were found in cars, homes and snowdrifts. Some died while shoveling snow, others when emergency crews were unable to respond to medical crises in time. Poloncarz called the blizzard “probably the worst storm of our lives,” even for an area known for its heavy snow.

The winter blast left some people trapped in cars for days, shut down the city’s airport and left some residents shivering with no heat. More than 4,000 homes and businesses were still without power as of late Tuesday morning.

Trisha LoGrasso and her family were still gathered around the space heater in the makeshift hut in her Buffalo living room on Monday. She is not heated because of a gas leak, the temperature in the house is 42 degrees (5.5 degrees Celsius) and broken pipes leave her without running water.

LoGrasso, 48, said: “I’ve lived here all my life and this is the worst storm I’ve ever seen.

President Joe Biden offered federal assistance on Monday to New York, while Governor Kathy Hochul toured the aftermath in Buffalo, her hometown, and called the blizzard “one of our times” “. She said almost every fire truck in the city was stuck on Saturday.

Hochul, a Democrat, noted that the storm came more than a month after the area was inundated with another historic snowfall. Between the two storms, the total amount of snowfall wasn’t far from the 95.4 inches (242 cm) the region typically sees all winter.

The National Weather Service said total snowfall at Buffalo Niagara International Airport was 49.2 inches (1.25 meters) at 10 a.m. Monday. Officials said the airport would be closed until Wednesday morning.

According to tracking site FlightAware, more than 2,900 US domestic and international flights were canceled on Tuesday around noon Eastern time.

The US Department of Transportation said it would review Southwest Airlines flight cancellations that left travelers stranded at airports around the country amid winter storms. Many airlines were forced to cancel flights, but Southwest has by far led the way.

Peltz reports from New York. Associated Press journalist Julie Walker also contributed from New York. Military police called in to enforce Buffalo driving ban

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