Leaders urge caution around downed trees

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In the midst of severe weather and gusts of wind over 55 miles per hour, city leaders are urging caution on the road.

Thousands faced power outages in the evening, and some of those outages stemmed from downed trees ripping down wires. Buffalo Fire Department officials say they responded to a number of calls for downed trees and downed power lines.

Garnell Whitfield, Buffalo Fire Commissioner, said anybody who sees power lines downed on the streets shouldn’t touch them, or enter the vicinity.

“We’re concerned about the safety of the public, as it pertains to the downed wires,” Whitfield said. “Make sure if you see the wires that are down, assume that they are energized, assume that they are charged. Do not approach them. Call 911 and get the proper people out and address the down wires. Trees falling on structures is always a concern of ours, also.”

Officials said downed trees aren’t the only threat to safety, they advise people to drive slowly or stay inside due to decreased visibility. Whitfield also said anybody who puts out garbage cans overnight should consider waiting until the morning to do so.

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