Cleanup process in City of Buffalo to extend into next week


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Another full day of cleanup is ahead in Buffalo following the strong storm that began Halloween night.

The wind took uprooted trees, pried sidewalks from the wet ground and caused other property damage, but no injuries were reported as a direct result.

About 100 trees needed to be cleared from residences, according to the Department of Public Works. Crews had about 50 of those jobs left as of Saturday morning. Debris piles will take until next week to completely clear.

Less than 3,000 National Grid customers in the city are without power, according to the DPW. The city was the hardest hit of National Grid’s coverage area.

Five traffic signals were still affected as of 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The city is working on reopening Centennial (the now-former LaSalle) Park, and is evaluating the situation at Erie Basin Marina.

On the waterfront, a section of the Bird Island Pier adjacent to the rowing club appears badly damaged. A city spokesperson said engineers will have to wait until next week to inspect it, when conditions are better suited for it.

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