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Eden Day 2: Trucks diverted around snow-clogged Route 20

The snow has given Eden a winter wonderland-like setting, but it’s far from calm.

The only grocery store, ShurFine Food Mart on Route 62, has run out of gas other than diesel fuel. It’s unknown when more will be delivered. Gas pumps with unleaded fuel were emptied Tuesday and the store ran out of higher-grade unleaded fuel this morning.

Eden firefighters have been rerouting truck drivers off Route 20 up through Eden’s Shadagee Road and to East Church Street to get them headed back to Route 5 toward the Indian Reservation.

Eden highway crews worked to clear Shadagee Road to help get the vehicles off Route 20.

By late morning, it was like a parade of mostly tractor-trailers at the four corners of town, as they meandered southbound down Route 62 to the four corners at Main and Church streets. From there, firefighters routed them up East Church Street so eventually they could head back toward the Indian Reservation and over to Route 5.

All of that was an effort to keep traffic away from the many stranded trucks and cars on snow-clogged Route 20.

The plows couldn’t wind their way through the stranded vehicles along Route 20 in Eden. Once the stranded vehicles are removed, the Erie County snowplows can begin to clear the road.

Shortly after 11 a.m., a National Grid crew started searching for the source of a rash of power outages near Shadagee, Bauer, Ferrier and Derby roads. The power company crew had to hike in by foot off Townline Road due to the heavy snow.

Around town, many residents today started clearing some of the more than 2 feet of snow from their driveways and yards.

They woke today to a fresh 6 to 8 inches from overnight, and were bracing for the second round forecast to hit later today.

“The plow jockeys are in full force,” said Christopher Colvin, an Eden firefighter and former fire chief. “Every other vehicle in town is a plow. We’re getting ready for Round 2 later today, with another 12 to 24 inches forecast.”

Meanwhile, at ShurFine, shoppers ran in to stock up on more food supplies.

“We’re getting a little low on meat, since we missed our delivery Tuesday,” said Dawn Skura, office manager at the store. “We have bread. We have eggs. We do still have stuff.”

The store’s food delivery truck got stuck Tuesday in West Seneca and isn’t expected to make it to the store until Friday. “We’re running a little behind like everyone,” Skura said.

Eden highway worker Matthew Colvin, also the fire chief, was busy plowing roads throughout the town.

“We’ve all been out pushing, trying to keep ahead, before the next storm comes around,” Matthew Colvin said.

Meanwhile, the Eden Fire Hall had a warming center set up since Tuesday afternoon to help stranded motorists.

Firefighters had a crew on standby since 1 p.m. Tuesday. A trickle of motorists stopped by the fire hall Tuesday afternoon into early evening. One couple had been stranded at Tim Hortons and came to the fire hall, while a couple from Toronto made it to the Fire Hall to stay. They had been headed back to Canada when the storm hit.

- Karen Robinson