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Biden sending federal aid as NY digs out from huge snowstorm

Published:Monday | November 21, 2022 | 3:19 PM
Cars drive through blowing, drifting snow on McKinley Parkway in Hamburg in Erie County, N.Y., Sunday, November 20, 2022. (Mark Mulville/The Buffalo News via AP)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — President Joe Biden is sending federal aid to western New York to help state and local authorities clean up from the massive storm that dumped as much as six feet of snow in western and northern New York, the White House announced Monday.

The emergency declaration authorises the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief in 11 counties hit by the lake-effect snowstorm Friday and Saturday.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul thanked Biden for granting her request for emergency aid, and added in a news release, “My team and I will continue working around the clock to keep everyone safe, help communities dig out, and secure every last dollar to help rebuild and recover from this unprecedented, record-shattering historic winter storm.”

The National Weather Service recorded 77 inches by Saturday in Orchard Park, home to the NFL's Buffalo Bills, and 72 inches in Natural Bridge, a hamlet near Watertown off the eastern end of Lake Ontario.

The storm forced the Bills to move Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns to Detroit. The Bills won 31-23.

More snow fell overnight Sunday in some areas, but it stopped by daybreak Monday.

“We are finally dry,” weather service meteorologist Liz Jurkowski said.

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