Buffalo Braces For Floods After Record Snowfall
Western New York is facing a rapid rise in temperatures after a massive snowstorm — raising the risks of flooding and roof collapses.By Matt Picht | November 22, 2014
Western New York just can't catch a break. After record snowfall buried some parts of Buffalo under more than 5 feet of snow, leading to an estimated 13 deaths in the region, the state is now bracing for a new threat — flooding.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on WNYT, "There's the potential for more building collapses ... and if the temperature goes up as quickly as they're forecasting, there's a potential for significant flooding."
Temperatures are predicted to sharply rise over the weekend, which means most of the snow still on the ground is going to rapidly turn into meltwater. It's hard to predict exactly how much effect the melting snow will have on Buffalo, but flash floods and collapsing or leaking structures are very real threats. (Video via Time Warner Cable News)