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When Route 219 was shut down last week by brutal blizzard conditions, State Park police patrolled 35 miles of the major north-south roadway using the only practical means – snowmobile.“I guess the best word you could use for it is ‘extreme,’ ” said Sgt. Tom Krawczyk. “The cold and the wind would actually take your breath away.”Police deployed four Ski-Doo 500 and Yamaha 90…

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Residents in the Lexington Green area of West Seneca are slogging through the damage that was dealt to them Saturday night, when the Buffalo Creek flooded, leaving as much as a few feet of water in some roadways and some basements.Local fire departments helped residents pump water out of their basements today, while town highway crews worked to clear ice and other debris f…

Erie County

The blizzard may be over, but keep a wary eye on the next weather event hitting the region today: the thaw.A flood watch remains in effect through Sunday for much of Western New York, as the rain and 50-degree high temperature forecast for today will melt away that blizzard snow and raise the water levels of area creeks.It has some folks a little jumpy, considering the wid…

The blizzard may be over, but keep a wary eye on the next weather event hitting the region today: the thaw.A flood watch remains in effect through Sunday for much of Western New York, as the rain and 50-degree high temperature forecast for today will melt away that blizzard snow and raise the water levels of area creeks.It has some folks a little jumpy, considering the wid…

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Ellicott Creek will rise.But Village of Williamsville officials anticipating an upcoming thaw took pre-emptive action Friday morning by having an excavator break up the creek’s ice cover and push accumulated debris downstream – a sight unseen since the surprise October storm of 2006.“If we don’t keep the water flowing, it basically overflows the banks and we end up with fl…

The January thaw is here.But because the ground is still frozen, and we had up to two feet of snow this week, the melting snow and rain that is coming may cause some flooding.The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for seven Western New York counties: Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Livingston. The flood watch runs from early Sat…

Work on repairing a leaky pipe that had flooded Route 5 in Lackawanna was completed at about 8 a.m. Thursday, but the lane restrictions caused a two-mile-long backup during the morning rush hour.And now two government agencies are saying the other had the authority to reopen the road.Erie County Water Authority crews worked Wednesday and overnight into Thursday to a repair…

Steve Brown, who went on to work at Fox News as a political reporter based in Chicago after working at two Buffalo TV stations, is returning to the market as a Channel 2 investigative reporter.Brown, who worked at Channel 2 as a weekend anchor and reporter from 1990-94 and also was an investigative reporter at Channel 7 after that, begins his new job Monday.During his days…

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First there was the snow, the cold and the wind. Then the prospect of flooding.Now, there’s another concern – and this time it’s coming from outer space: solar flares.The burst of charged particles and magnetic field from a sunspot facing the Earth that arrived Thursday has the potential through today to wreak havoc with power grids, high-frequency airline and military com…

The good news is Route 5 in Lackawanna opened to traffic about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.The bad news came when more than 10,000 motorists were trying to get to work in Buffalo and points north, bringing three lanes of traffic into one.But orange cones were taken down and traffic was moving freely through the area by 9:30 a.m. Route 5 had been closed because of flooding caused b…

Yes, the sun is out today but now we move from blizzard warnings to a flood watch this weekend.“It’s definitely going to get warm,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock said.From a high in the low 20s today, to upper 30s on Friday, the thermometer could hit 50 on Saturday.And there will be up to a half inch of rain Saturday.“If you combine that rain with th…

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By now, we all know that this week’s weather event was a blizzard, a rare event in Western New York.What we didn’t know was that a blizzard in Buffalo is different from a blizzard anywhere else.That was the information that viewers of “Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees” learned Tuesday evening.This week’s blizzard was the first in Western New York in more than 20 years, which le…

Buffalo

Frozen pipes in a South Buffalo home turned out to be more than an annoyance late Wednesday night when a propane-fueled “torpedo” heater a resident was using to thaw the pipes touched off a two-alarm blaze.The fire was an unfortunate occurrence that repeats itself every winter when pipes freeze and inexperienced individuals try to solve the problem on their own rather than…

Erie County

Blinding snows that made much of Route 5 in Lackawanna and Hamburg impassable for nearly two days cleared up Wednesday, only to be replaced by another major travel impediment – a small lake in the road, a few hundred feet in diameter and as much as 2½ feet deep.The flooding diverted most traffic along the quarter-mile stretch of Route 5 near the Lackawanna-Hamburg border a…