7 people have been found dead after a deadly snowstorm that dumped up to 4 feet of snow on Buffalo and western New York.
Some of those individuals were found in cars and some were found in the street, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said. “We know there are people who have been stuck in cars for more than 2 days.”
For the first time in the Buffalo Fire Department’s history, they were unable to respond to any calls due to the severe conditions.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said almost every fire truck in the city was stranded – and shutting down the airport until Tuesday, according to officials.
The National Weather Service said the snow total at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport stood at 43 inches (109 centimeters) at 7 a.m. Sunday.
Freezing conditions and power outages had Buffalonians frantic to get out of their homes to go anywhere with heat. But with city streets under a heavy blanket of white, that wasn’t an option for people like Jeremy Manahan, who charged his phone in his parked car after almost 29 hours without electricity.
Crews will be out on Christmas Day, in an attempt to reach anyone who is still stranded.