BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Governor Kathy Hochul’s office has activated the National Guard to assist with the snowstorm currently impacting western New York.
“I want to thank [Gov. Hochul] for activating the National Guard to help with our emergency response in Hamburg, Orchard Park, and Evans,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz wrote on Twitter Saturday morning.
Poloncarz went on to say that “county, state, and local crews have been working continuously since Thursday and appreciate the additional support.”
Hochul said that approximately 150 members of the National Guard were currently deployed as part of the snowstorm efforts. Poloncarz shared a video and a photo of them at the county’s Emergency Operations Center. Hochul said she is also requesting that the storm be declared a federal emergency. Some roads are also expected to reopen.
“They are being sent out to pickup and deliver people whom require dialysis,” Poloncarz wrote.
Gov. Hochul announced Saturday that she will be signing a request for a federal emergency declaration that would allow reimbursement for the expenses of the storm.
“We’ve been in contact with FEMA and we feel hopeful, optimistic that this will go through because we brought in, not just all the resources across the state, also private contractors that the county and we have to pay for,” said Gov. Hochul. “Private contractors, as well as the shared services agreements we have, for example, The County of Cattaraugus has sent 20 plows up to help us and so we want to make sure that everybody can get reimbursed.”
On Saturday morning, the National Weather Service listed more than six feet of snow in places like Hamburg and Orchard Park. Snow totals across western New York have varied, with some regions hardly getting more than a few inches.
Parts of Erie County still remain under a travel ban.
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