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October 31, 2012

Storm is 'non-event' in WNY


Town Supervisor Anthony Caruana had little to report other than three downed trees and one street that has a brief period of flooding because of sewer drain blocked by leaves. 

“Fortunately we had very little,” he said. 

Brad Rowles, supervisor of the North Tonawanda Department of Public Works, said knowing the storm was coming gave the city time to prepare for what was predicted to be up to four inches of rain and drastically higher winds. 

That didn’t happen, perhaps in part because of drought conditions throughout the summer that kept the water table low in the Erie Canal, according to Rowles. 

“It was a fraction of what we thought we’d be dealing with,” he said. “We met with the fire and police chiefs, the mayor, we had operations ready to go if necessary. It’s a team effort and we all worked together. This was a fairly major event but it didn’t seem to be (here).”

Reporter Jessica Bagley contributed to this report.




Jessica Bagley contributed reporting.

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