Death toll rises to 14 from November storm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Roughly two weeks after November’s deadly storm killed 13 people in western New York, another man has died.

Mark Poloncarz’s office says another person — a Hamburg resident — has died of cardiac complications. Several other people died of cardiac related issues after struggling to shovel the heavy snow which didn’t stop for days.

A 50-year-old man was found dead in a vehicle in Cheektowaga, and a 45-year-old in Alden was found buried under snow. His car reportedly slid into a ditch and was buried 12-15 feet under.

One person died after being transported from the Garden Gate Nursing Home when it was forced to evacuate due to roof woes. The county originally reported two people died there, and later confirmed there was one death.

Erie County officials said two people died due exposure to the elements. Both people had mental health issues. One died in Niagara and another died in the town of Boston.

Officials said during the storm a person went into cardiac arrest while trying to move a snow blower. An elderly man also died, partially because officials said he wasn’t able to get transferred to a facility which could assist him. He died at an urgent care center.

Before Monday, officials maintained four people died in the storm died of cardiac issues from shoveling. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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