© 2024 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Snowed In: Day 2

Cheryl Hagen/WBFO

Many residents in Lancaster, Lackawanna, West Seneca, Orchard Park and Hamburg are once again snowed in today.

Day 2 may bring more challenges than Day 1, when you consider that most of us started out yesterday morning not realizing we may be here for the long haul.

Day one of the storm was filled with numerous phone calls, text messages and social media updates between neighbors and other friends and family facing the same battle.

There were various crisis, likely the most serious dealt with medical issues and stranded motorists and pedestrians.

Among the minor issues dealt with included broken snow blowers. There was just too much snow for snow blowers to handle, resulting in broken belts and chains. Neighbors offered to help one another, but it was difficult to get the snow blower from once house to the next. The snow along the sidewalks had built up too high.

Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO
Lancaster, November of 2014

There was also an issue with running out of gas for snow blowers and no way to get more.

Some folks fought the battle to try to keep the driveway clear fearing if they let it go it may be too much to handle later, others gave up.

Those outside vents created issues as well, with older folks in particular having an issue keeping them clear of snow.  Once blocked, either furnaces shut down leaving residents in the cold (as cold as 55-degrees) or there’s a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO
Unplowed street in Lancaster

Pets had their own problems to face.  Some doors were blocked making a bathroom break impossible and even those who were able to get out found themselves literally in over their heads.  

There were also the same questions again and again:  Where are the plows?  Has anyone seen a plow? 

WBFO's  Cheryl Hagen is among those snowed in in South  Lancaster.

Related Content