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Now US is braced for floods after snowstorms

US forecasters have warned of the threat of floods after a massive seven feet of snow fell in the Buffalo area of western New York state, killing at least 12 people.

After the three-day onslaught the sun came out but it was followed by predictions of flooding caused by rain, temperatures of up to 60F and blocked drainage systems.

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A snow-covered house is seen near Buffalo, New York

A snow-covered house is seen near Buffalo, New York

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo thanks Army National Guard soldiers for their efforts in storm recovery in Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo thanks Army National Guard soldiers for their efforts in storm recovery in Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014

Emergency crews work to clear trees and repair power lines near Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014

Emergency crews work to clear trees and repair power lines near Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014

Met Eireann said that further wintry showers will likely continue today, with the weather warning remaining in place until 10am

Met Eireann said that further wintry showers will likely continue today, with the weather warning remaining in place until 10am

A "lake-effect" snow storm descends on Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014

A "lake-effect" snow storm descends on Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014

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A snow-covered house is seen near Buffalo, New York

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for Sunday to Wednesday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state was sending in pumps, boats, helicopters and high-axle vehicles that can operate in four to five feet of water, just in case.

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Met Eireann said that further wintry showers will likely continue today, with the weather warning remaining in place until 10am

Met Eireann said that further wintry showers will likely continue today, with the weather warning remaining in place until 10am

Met Eireann said that further wintry showers will likely continue today, with the weather warning remaining in place until 10am

The snow remained a huge challenge. Officials were urging people to put off non-essential travel so removal efforts could progress.

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A snow-covered house is seen near Buffalo, New York

A snow-covered house is seen near Buffalo, New York

A snow-covered house is seen near Buffalo, New York

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