Residents cleaning up after March blizzard

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – The day after a blizzard settled over Western New York, dumping almost two feet of snow in some areas, residents were busy cleaning up the mess.

Niagara County was especially hard hit, with blowing snow and whiteouts making travel safe. Now that the blizzard has moved on and the sun is once again shining, residents got out the shovels and got to work.

Jennifer Hammett cleared her home in Kenmore before coming to Niagara Falls to shovel her mother’s sidewalk and driveway.

“I’m on a mission,” she said. “My son has a half day today so I have to be home in time for him.”

Hammett even got some assistance along the way. A man who saw her tackling the snow by herself stopped and offered to help.

“I don’t even know who he was. He stopped and offered to help. He had a little four-wheeler with a little plow on it and he came by and asked if I wanted some help, and I said sure,” she said.

It made the work a lot easier. Others had trouble even driving down their street, including Jennifer Maurer.

“If you come back down from the boulevard, that’s where you’re going to get stuck. We got stuck for maybe eight minutes. We had to go back and forth,” she said.

Plow drivers have been out since the storm started and many have worked around the clock to make sure primary and secondary roads remained passable.

Christopher Adornetto of Buddy Beaver Landscaping said he didn’t get a lot of sleep.

“Been out for quite awhile. Just have to keep going at it,” he said.

With the storm over, many are hoping for warmer days, and Spring is just seven days away. But for some, that doesn’t mean much.

Adornetto said, “I got a feeling we’re in for a couple more here at the rate we’ve been going.”

Hammett added,” I’m not going to believe it until it’s 50 [degrees]…and stays there!”

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