HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — Governor Kathy Hochul spoke in Hamburg Sunday afternoon to update Western New Yorkers on the state’s response to Saturday’s damaging winds.

“Last night, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers lost power as a severe weather system swept across the State, bringing hurricane-force winds to several places, especially in Western New York,” Governor Hochul said.  

“Thanks to the collaborative efforts of State and local emergency managers and the hard work of utility crews from both the State and several out-of-state locations, more than half of those affected by outages have since been restored.  We will keep working to ensure everyone in the affected by this weather system, which caused death and wreaked havoc in other parts of the country this week, will be assisted as soon as possible.”  

Watch the briefing in the video player above.

One of the hardest hit areas in Western New York is the Hoover Beach neighborhood in Hamburg.

“This is not new but it is getting worse year by year by year,” said Audrey Zybala, who co-owns Lago 210 on hoover road.

She says there were tree branches, sand and debris all across the restaurants parking lot following Saturdays storm.

“The whole driveway flooded, everything around the building was flooded,” Zybala said. “It was a little crazy. A little treacherous. Our basement flooded and things like that and our whole driveway was all over the place.”

She says it took nearly six hours for their crew to up the debris surrounding the restaurant.

“There was a lot of collateral damage but nothing horrifically extensive that couldn’t be fixed today so we were fortunate,” she said.

Other properties in the neighborhood weren’t as fortunate. One homeowner had their deck collapse and break through the concrete pad underneath.

“This has been a long standing problem for this community but these people are tough, they’re resilient,” Hochul said. “Now with the effects of climate change the situation has gone from bad to worse.”

Hochul says she plans on looking into state and federal funding for projects to help protect communities along the shoreline.

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here.

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