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December 27, 2012

Area braces for storm

WNY braces for largest snowfall of season so far

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Tonawanda News — The special plow connects to either a truck or a loader, he said, and should help crews clear snow without simply pushing it onto the sidewalk. Instead, he said  snow can be moved to the Manhattan Street parking lot.

”It would save the business owners a lot of grief not having to clear the sidewalks and it could save us not having to go back,” he said.

The snow also causes trouble for motorists, though accidents reported in the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda early Wednesday evening were slim to none. Along the Thruway between Buffalo and Syracuse, at least 25 minor mishaps, including cars that slipped over the shoulder, were reported by police in a span of about two hours. 

City of Tonawanda police dispatch said one car reportedly hit pole and fled the scene, though the incident may not have been weather related. 

In North Tonawanda, no weather related accidents were reported as of 8:30 p.m.

On the state level, Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent out a press release Wednesday announcing he had activated a statewide emergency response plan, and called on utility companies throughout the state to prepare for outages.

“Utilities that are licensed to operate in New York have a responsibility to ratepayers and to the public to be prepared for predictable weather events. The state of New York will hold your company accountable for its performance,” reads an excerpt from Cuomo’s secretary, Larry Schwartz, to the CEOs of six utility companies including  Thomas King, president of National Grid.

”I want to make sure you are taking every action necessary to reduce the likelihood of power outages that could result from this storm, and to be prepared for any outages that do occur with a sound communications and restoration plan.”

Contact city editor Neale Gulley at 693-1000, ext. 4114

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