BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York is getting some federal assistance in the efforts to clean up the heavy snow that came down for days.

President Joe Biden has authorized the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA to coordinate disaster relief efforts and “lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe” in 11 counties, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming and Niagara, according to a statement from The White House.

“Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency,” a statement from The White House read. “Emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance, under the public assistance program will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.”

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office says the declaration means FEMA is authorized to perform search and rescue operations and actions to protect roads and bridges, utilities, and facilities for water control and mass transit. Her office submitted the request for an emergency declaration over the weekend and it was granted Sunday evening.

It was the first time the state submitted an emergency declaration for a winter storm like this since 2014.

“I thank President Biden for immediately granting our emergency declaration request and for our ongoing strong partnership as well as Senator Schumer for his assistance in securing relief for New Yorkers,” Governor Hochul said. “My team and I will continue working around the clock to keep everyone safe, help communities dig out, and secure every last dollar to help rebuild and recover from this unprecedented, record-shattering historic winter storm.” 

On Monday morning, Buffalo Department of Public Works Commissioner Nate Marton said 120 pieces of equipment were in the areas of south Buffalo and Lovejoy working to get snow removed.

Marton says that by the end of Monday, every street should have been addressed at least once. Listen to our interview with him in the video below:

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