Broome County begins clean-up after massive March snow storm

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - With the heaviest snow fall behind us, Greater Binghamton is clearing streets and neighborhoods for many people who are still snowed in.

The snow has subsided and gusty winds have taken over.

On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo came to town to provide even more relief to the epicenter of Winter Storm Stella.

"We will be here until the County and the City say they're all set and send us on our way," said Cuomo.

Stella came with some company as she traveled to our area, dumping nearly 3 feet of snow just 6 days before the turn of season.

County and State crews worked all night to make a dent on what Stella left behind.

While main roads and emergency routes are now clear, many neighborhoods are still snowed in.

"Some side streets are currently impassable and are in rough shape. Our focus right now is digging residents out on those streets and areas," said David.

Broome County lifted its travel ban Wednesday afternoon as Governor Andrew Cuomo arrived with a convoy of additional resources and relief.

On Tuesday, the National Guard was re-deployed from the New York City area, a place projected to take the brunt the storm.

On Wednesday, 100 more service men and women along with 100 snowplows made their way to Binghamton.

With snow falling yesterday at a rate of 3 to 4 inches per hour, even the biggest pieces of equipment didn't stand a chance.

"The plows become virtually useless. You get over 3 inches and it's very difficult for the plows to operate and keep up with the snowfall. That's what happened here," said Cuomo.

Those additional resources are already a shot in the arm for Broome County, freeing up plows and workers to head priority areas.

Another key contributor to the effort is the community's response to Tuesday's travel ban.

Garnar says residents' compliance is speeding up the clean up.

"It's really helped us clean up the roads a lot faster than had we not had the travel ban or if people didn't pay attention to what to do. We're really thankful that the community was able to respond so well," said Garnar.

Although the snowfall has stopped, gusty, frigid winds are blowing the snow back onto the roads, making travel still a littly tricky.

Stella may be leaving the Southern Tier, but the impact made on our area will go down in history.

Broome County has initiated a travel advisory until Thursday, but Garnar still insists on residents staying home if they don't need to be outside.

Residents who live in neighborhoods near fire hydrants are asked to locate and dig them out to assist fire crews.


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