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January 9, 2014

Taking stock after the storm


Tonawanda News — Connie M. Mullen, director of media relations for NYPA, said the authority continues to monitor water levels and has utilized two ice breakers from New York and Canada “round-the-clock” to “break ice jams along the upper Niagara River and to prevent ice build-up.” 

“The Niagara plant generation operations have not been affected,” she said. 

City of Tonawanda officials were also concerned over rising river levels in close proximity to City Hall, according to Mayor Rick Davis. 

“The way City Hall is situated the basement is actually below the river,” he said, where expensive computer servers and documents are stored. 

Roadways in the Tonawandas were mostly clear by Wednesday, despite the accumulation of additional snow overnight. 

Bill Swanson, the Town of Tonawanda highway superintendent, said his outfit cleared the municipalities’ main roads “down to the pavement.” 

“Everything is fine now,” he said Wednesday evening. “We’ll finish the side streets tomorrow.” 

Ortt noted that the city’s emergency management plan worked well to alleviate many of the dangers associated with blizzard conditions. 

“The important thing is you don’t panic,” he said. “This is Western New York. We’re probably one of the only parts of the country where this type of weather would not have been crippling.” 

OUR VIEW • Area's response to storm was flawless. OPINION, 5A

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