WNY cleans up after severe storms overnight

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EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Many people across western New York are dealing with damage from thunderstorms that rolled through the area early Tuesday morning.

Thousands of people woke up without power in their homes and crews are working to restore service to those customers.

East Aurora was one of the communities hit hard by the storm with numerous trees taken down by high winds. Our News 4 crew saw several large branches that had fallen, including one on the roof of a funeral home on Maple. Oakwood Avenue was also flooded after all the rain.

Crews were working to clean up trees and other damage Tuesday after many residents woke up to the sight of so many downed tree limbs. “Very surprised. I knew the power was out. I had no idea as to why and then looked out the windows and noticed that we had trees down,” one East Aurora resident, Ray Byrnes, said as he was helping to clean up the debris at the Roycroft Campus.

For Byrnes and the other volunteers at the Roycroft campus, there’s no time to waste in getting the downed branches hauled away.

This weekend, the place is set to be filled with people for the annual Roycroft Arts and Antique Festival, and it’s taking a good deal of team work to get it ready now.

“I think we will be able to get the campus cleaned up so that we will have a fantastic festival weekend,” Curt Maranto, Executive Director of the Roycroft Campus, told News 4.

The damage was not isolated to that one community, though. We received a good number of reports Tuesday morning about downed power lines and trees across Western New York.

If you’d like to share your photos of storm damage in your area, please email them to ReportIt@wivb.com.

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