Syracuse crews among teams from across Upstate heading to Buffalo
Crews from Syracuse are joining teams from Albany and Rochester to help snowed-in Buffalo after a deadly winter storm killed more than two dozen people.
The City of Syracuse on Tuesday morning sent members of its Department of Public Works team to help Buffalo deal with the more than 4 feet of snow.
Chief Operating Officer Corey Driscoll Dunham said the crew of "snow warriors" is eager to support Western New York.
"They're ready and willing to work," Driscoll Dunham said. "They have the knowledge, and we have the equipment to lend, but we don't honestly know exactly what conditions they're going to be walking into. But, I can tell you they're ready, they're anxious to help and they're going to do everything they can."
Mayor Walsh announced that Syracuse was deploying snow removal crews & equipment to Buffalo to help dig out from the holiday blizzard. They left the Salt City for the City of Good Neighbors earlier this morning. Read the full press release here: https://t.co/7UaF1qOCFO pic.twitter.com/kYnUwkQmTR— syracuse1848 (@Syracuse1848) December 27, 2022
The storm paralyzed Buffalo and surrounding areas to the point there were no emergency services, at times, in several places. Driscoll Dunham said she is hopeful the extra help can dig the city out and clear abandoned vehicles.
"I think with all of these municipalities responding to the call that Buffalo and the State put out, hopefully, within short order, we can get those roads cleared and get that snow out of there, and people can get the resources they need to try and endure the rest of the storm," Driscoll Dunham said.
Syracuse crews brought two payloaders and six dump trucks for snow removal efforts in Buffalo.
They're not the only local team offering help to the west; about 25 members of the 174th Attack Wing are serving as a debris clearance team. They have helped get medical personnel to work and also brought a massive snowblower to help the region.
Other nearby government agencies are sending crews and equipment, including from Albany County and first responders in Rochester. Their aid comes in time to support the re-opening of major highways in the Buffalo region, including the New York State Thruway.
Today we are reopening major highways across Western New York — border crossings, the @NYSThruway, I-290, I-990, & Routes 400 & 219.— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) December 27, 2022
This is a sign that we are finally turning the corner on this once-in-a-generation storm. Please continue to follow local advisories & stay safe.