Digging out from blizzard 2014

AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The blizzard of 2014 is over.

“It was a tough couple days,” said Town of Aurora Highway Superintendent David Gunner.

Aside from shoveled snow piles, aches and pains are also evidence of its existence.

“My body’s a little sore. Physically it takes a little bit out of you, but it’s not a bad day,” said Brian Looney, who was hired for snow removal.

The blizzard has left Western New York talking and some recounting memories from previous storms.

“I got stranded in the one in ’77 trying to get home from work in the city,” said Orchard Park resident Dale Gensler.

Most driving bans were lifted at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Gunner says it made their job easier that people stayed home during the ban.

“We plowed straight 50, 60 hours just constant, around the clock.”

After the plowing was done, the afternoon sunshine helped melt the roads, but this winter is already a doozey.

“Kind of back like the old days. We had what three or four easy ones, now we’ve got the brutal one,” said Gensler.

Gunner expects to double the amount of salt they typically use in a winter.

“So far this year about 1,400 tons, which in comparison to the past two years, the whole winter we went through 1,400 tons.”

With a warmup on the way this weekend, the concern now turns to melting snow and flooding. Communities like the Town of Aurora will be making sure storm drains are cleared before the temperatures rise.

“We’re going to spend the next couple days fixing plows, getting salt and sand ready, and opening up drains. We’re getting a break where we’ll have time to do that,” said Gunner.

In East Aurora there’s also concern about a creek that runs through the town and whether or not it will flood. Gunner says they may stay busy breaking up ice jams in the creek this weekend to prevent that from happening.

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