Monday 9 December 2019

Now US is braced for floods after snowstorms

Press Association

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.

A snow-covered house is seen near Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014. Warm temperatures and rain were forecast for the weekend in the city of Buffalo and western New York, bringing the threat of widespread flooding to the region bound for days by deep snow
A snow-covered house is seen near Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014. Warm temperatures and rain were forecast for the weekend in the city of Buffalo and western New York, bringing the threat of widespread flooding to the region bound for days by deep snow
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
A man digs out his snow-covered car in Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014. Warm temperatures and rain were forecast for the weekend in the city of Buffalo and western New York, bringing the threat of widespread flooding to the region bound for days by deep snow
A "lake-effect" snow storm descends on Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014

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.

A man digs out his snow-covered car in Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014. Warm temperatures and rain were forecast for the weekend in the city of Buffalo and western New York, bringing the threat of widespread flooding to the region bound for days by deep snow
A man digs out his snow-covered car in Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014. Warm temperatures and rain were forecast for the weekend in the city of Buffalo and western New York, bringing the threat of widespread flooding to the region bound for days by deep snow

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

A snow-covered house is seen near Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014. Warm temperatures and rain were forecast for the weekend in the city of Buffalo and western New York, bringing the threat of widespread flooding to the region bound for days by deep snow
A snow-covered house is seen near Buffalo, New York, November 21, 2014. Warm temperatures and rain were forecast for the weekend in the city of Buffalo and western New York, bringing the threat of widespread flooding to the region bound for days by deep snow

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