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Flooding becomes new threat in snowy Buffalo

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Published Nov 22, 2014, 9:27 pm IST
Updated Mar 30, 2019, 12:27 pm IST
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for Sunday to Wednesday
Beth Mack and her son Daniel clear the roof of their home in Eden, N.Y. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming
 Beth Mack and her son Daniel clear the roof of their home in Eden, N.Y. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming

Buffalo: Residents of western New York may soon have to worry about the water in their basements as well as the snow on their roofs.

After a three-day onslaught that dumped a historic 7 feet of snow on the Buffalo area and killed at least 12 people, the sun came out Friday, but so did predictions of flooding caused by rain, temperatures of up to 60 degrees and blocked catch basins.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for Sunday to Wednesday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state was sending in pumps, boats, helicopters and high-axle vehicles that can operate in 4 to 5 feet of water, just in case.

The snow remained a huge challenge. Officials were urging people to put off nonessential travel so removal efforts could progress.

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