ODOT crews are sent to Buffalo to help excavate the ground after a deadly snowstorm.
Ashtabula, Ohio. More than two dozen ODOT workers left Northeast Ohio on Thursday morning, heading to Buffalo to help crews deal with a monumental snowfall this holiday season.
A convoy of 28 drivers, mechanics and managers left the ODOT facility in Ashtabula this morning.
Drivers from Ashtabula, Lake, Joga, Trumbull and Columbia counties make the trip.
The National Weather Service says more than 51 inches of snow has fallen at Buffalo Airport in the past five days.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced on Tuesday that 27 people died as a result of the hurricane, in addition to the seven that died in the city’s suburbs. The death toll exceeds that of the historic snowstorm of 1977, when 29 people died in a region known for its harsh winter weather.
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Temperatures are rising in western New York and Buffalo should be feeling some relief from the deep freeze, but there are now fears of flooding as massive amounts of snow are melting.
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Leaders say for the first time they can remember being sent to help upstate New York with their infamous lake-effect snow.
“It may never happen again, but as they said, we will probably remember this for the rest of our career,” explained ODOT Ashtabula pilot Tim Campbell.
Crews from Ohio are scheduled to return to Buckeye State on Tuesday.
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