Hamburg residents tired of being trapped in snow

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s been days since the massive snow storm hit parts of western New York and people in the Town of Hamburg are tired of being trapped in their homes. News 4 had to speak with residents by phone because there’s too many snow clogged roads.

“It’s just been miserable because we’re out of so many things. To keep hearing that a plow is coming,” Susan Banas said. “Every day we keep hearing that same thing and we still have not seen a plow since the beginning of the storm.”

Banas said she’s used to snow like this, but not being stuck in her home for days. “Our in-laws are down the street and we can’t even walk down there.”

Just a few miles away, Steve Nigrelli and his neighbors can’t get out of their housing development. He said they’ve created a pathway so people can walk between homes, but they’re frustrated they can’t get a vehicle down the road.

“There are drifts in the street about seven feet tall. You can’t send a plow down here now. Now you need a front end loader,” Nigrelli said. “The Town of Hamburg failed to keep up with the snowfall.”

Hamburg Town Supervisor, Steve Walters, said the municipality didn’t have enough resources to dig everyone out until Friday night. He said the state and county allocated resources to South Buffalo, now they’ve sent some front loaders and plows to Hamburg. Walters expects all of the roads to at least have a path cleared by the end of Saturday.

“When you hear the City of Buffalo had 220 pieces of snow equipment in one neighborhood, yet we haven’t seen a plow on our street or our area. That’s ridiculous,” said Nigrelli.

Walters said he spoke to county and state leaders about the need for additional resources in Hamburg as early as Tuesday.

“The governor and county executive had to make decisions as to where to allocate resources” Walters said. “Why they made those decisions, again that’s a question for them. We’re not criticizing the decisions that they made again, we’re just pointing it out.”

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