BUFFALO N.Y. (WIVB) – Nearly eight thousand homes and businesses were in the dark on Christmas morning. Most of them have their power back on, but that’s not the only damage the severe weather caused. The wind brought down part of the old Duffy Silk Mill at 1270 Broadway in Buffalo.
Parts of the walls and ceiling of the historic building near Buffalo’s Central Terminal crumbled in the harsh winds, leaving bricks scattered on the ground below. The building dates back to the early 1900s.
Captain Thomas Reddington of the Buffalo Fire Department described the damage to News 4 saying, “It’s a danger to public here. It could collapse down onto Broadway.” Emergency demolition crews were called out to the property on Christmas day to deal with the structure damage.
Not far from the old silk mill, on Peach St. in the fruit belt, a tree fell onto a car and power lines early in the morning. “I was awakened by the wind blowing so strong and then I heard a very loud crash sound and it was this tree that had came out of the ground,” said Dwayne Fambo who lives on Peach St.
National Grid crews were called in to help with downed power lines. They were able to restore power in about two hours to the homes on that street.
The strong wind gusts reached up to 40mph. At least one billboard was knocked down onto the street in the area also.
There were no reported injuries from the damage.