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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2008 Archives > December 2008 > Mayor Responds To Damages From Wind Storm

Mayor Responds To Damages From Wind Storm

Office of the Mayor
Peter K. Cutler
Director of Communications

December 28th Storm Damaged Power Lines, Trees, Traffic Signals

Mayor Byron W. Brown held a press conference on Monday, December 29th regarding Sunday’s wind storm and the damage it caused throughout Buffalo. 

“This wind storm that included hurricane gusts of 75 mph had a significant impact on the City of Buffalo,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown.  “Approximately 2,000 National Grid customers in the city lost power as a result of fallen trees and our waterfront was battered for hours by high winds.  I was very pleased with how our Department of Public Works responded to the needs of residents throughout the city during this storm.  We also took prompt action in restoring damaged traffic intersection lights, as well as cleaning up the Erie Basin Marina.”

Sunday’s high winds caused nearly 2,000 National Grid Customers to lose power, and resulted in the falling of 25 trees, 23 of which were located on the city right-of-way.  Fallen trees were removed by the Mayor’s Quick Response Team, Erie County Parks and Schenck’s Tree Removal, Inc., who is under contract with the city for emergency tree removals. 

In addition to the removal of fallen trees, several other cleanups were launched quickly to address debris created by Sunday’s storm.  The cleanup at Erie Basin Marina was approximately 80% complete by late Monday afternoon and the Marina was reopened to vehicular traffic by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, December 30th.

Nineteen traffic signals were also damaged during the storm.  There was minor property damage on local roads, which was addressed by the Department of Public Works.  Some of the damages include a New York State road sign at the corner of Seneca and Smith, a roof at 675 Fillmore, a stop sign at the corner of Louisiana and Miami and a road sign at the corner of Delaware and Hertel.  In addition to this, the city was forced to temporarily close the Delaware S Curves on Sunday because of flood waters, but the street was reopened by Sunday evening.

Residents with any problems associated with any storm activity are encouraged to call the City of Buffalo’s 311 Call Center.  This can be done simply by dialing 3-1-1 from any landline or cell phone within city limits.