HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s been one week since three tornadoes tore through Western New York. One of the hardest hit areas was the Hamburg Fairgrounds.
Opening day of the Erie County Fair is now less than two weeks away.
Crews are still hard at work picking up the pieces.
There’s a major difference on the fairgrounds today compared to what it looked like last week.
Fair officials say the tornado caused an estimated $2.5 million to $3 million dollars worth of damage.
Fair officials expect insurance claims and money from the Agricultural Society’s general fund to fully cover repairs, restoration and replacement. Crews have cleared debris, swept glass and removed fallen trees. Repairs to roofs and buildings are still underway and grandstand glass is being replaced. Picnic benches, large umbrellas and portable bleachers are also being replaced, and a delivery is expected before opening day.
More than 130 people have been working to clean up and prepare the fairgrounds for opening day.
“Ninety five percent of the debris has been removed. Right now our staff continues to work on stuff that we have to prepare for for the fair and the contractors are working very hard to get everything put back together for the 9th of August,” said Dennis Lang, CEO and Erie County Fair Manager.
Officials say they will be prepared for opening day. They won’t lose any seats in the grand stand but they have lost about 50 trees. Some lost some shade opportunities on hot days but other than that the Erie County Fair is expected be restored to its condition before the tornado hit.