Blizzard history: Buffalo buried under feet of snow

Historic Blizzard: Buffalo buried under feet of snow

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About 30 Americans died and thousands more were still awaiting rescue yesterday after the 'most devastating' storm in Buffalo, State's history hit of New York.

At least 27 residents of Erie County, Buffalo were found dead near their cars or homes without power.

The toll is expected to continue to rise, according to municipal authorities. “We know there are people stuck in cars for more than two days. There are also people in their homes that are below the freezing point, ”said Mark Poloncarz, county director, in a press conference.

Historic Blizzard: Buffalo Buried Under Feet of Snow

Historic Blizzard: Buffalo buried under feet of snow

Historic Blizzard: Buffalo Buried Under Feet of Snow

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Historic Blizzard: Buffalo buried under feet of snow

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Historic Blizzard: Buffalo buried under feet of snow

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Historic Blizzard: Buffalo buried under feet of snow

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Historic Blizzard: Buffalo Buried Under Feet of Snow

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Historic blizzard: Buffalo buried under feet of snow

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Historic Blizzard: Buffalo buried under feet of snow

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Historic Blizzard: Buffalo Buried Under Feet of Snow

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Historical Blizzard: Buffalo buried under feet of snow

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Historic Blizzard: Buffalo buried under feet of snow

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Historic Blizzard: Buffalo buried under feet of snow

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At least three victims suffered cardiac arrest while shoveling, while another died trapped in his vehicle. Others died due to a delayed response from emergency medical services, Poloncarz said.

William Clay, a father who celebrated his 56th birthday on New Years Eve, is the only victim identified so far. Videos of his body buried in snow began circulating on social media shortly after his disappearance.

An autopsy of his body is expected to take place in the coming days to determine the exact cause of death.< /p>

Calls for help 

There are many calls for help from the Buffalo community on social networks. Families left without heating fear they will die, others beg neighbors to break down a loved one's door to check on their state of health.

Prisoned in the snow and without electricity for more than three days, several Buffalo residents are left to fend for themselves as poor weather conditions prevent emergency responders from rescuing them. 

“Help us! I have three babies who will not be able to survive another night in the cold, I am ready to pay any price,” Mykala McDowell implored at Christmas.

The mother of the family launched several cries for help on Facebook as she was stuck in her unheated home with her three children aged 3 months, 1 year and 3 years. 

It's only two days later that they were finally rescued by a friend of the family, frozen and scared to death.

More heartfelt cries have been posted on Facebook by Buffalo residents who have no news of loved ones.

“I need someone to go see my grandpa and aunt , they have been without light or electricity for three days… My God, help me!” Shynell Jamison begged.

Deja vu

The deadly storm that upended the Christmas plans of millions of families, both in the United States and in Canada, brought back bad memories for Buffalo residents.

“The storm is even worse than the blizzard that crippled the city in 1977,” Poloncarz said.

At the time, more than 30 cm of snow covered this part of the state of New York, causing about thirty deaths. Today, Buffalo residents appear to be reliving the same nightmare, with a heavier toll this time.

“This is clearly the blizzard of the century,” the state governor reiterated yesterday. New York, Kathy Hochul. 

She also clarified that it was “far too early to say it's over”, adding that up to 30 cm of snow was still expected to fall by this afternoon. 

< p>Roads paralyzed

Yesterday, Buffalo was still paralyzed by the storm. Cars were blocked across the road due to the heavy snowfall.

“Unless you are part of the emergency services, do not drive. Conditions are poor,” Poloncarz said. 

A travel ban was still in effect Monday in western Erie County, but was being defied by some residents, he said. .

– With AFP