How winter storm Riley is impacting our area

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Broome County has issued a State of Emergency in response to Snow Storm Riley.

County Executive Jason Garnar made the declaration Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Our area has received varying amounts of snow, with Eastern Broome County taking the brunt of the storm.

Those areas include the Towns of Sanford, Windsor and Colesville along with the Village of Deposit.

There is a travel ban for those municipalities as well.

In Western Broome, around 7" have fallen with 1" more expected for the rest of the evening.

The City of Binghamton has received around 10".

Broome County Director of Emergency Services Mike Ponticiello says accidents, power outages and fast-falling snow were all taken into consideration when declaring the State of Emergency.

"We reached out to every municipal DPW service in Broome County.  Once they said they were having trouble keeping up and once we heard from the sheriff's office about accidents, we decided that we met our thresholds and we've seen the increased safety risks and we decided to make the recommendation to the County Executive," said Ponticiello.

Nikki Fischetti is a local delivery driver.

She says the storm has put a wrench in her workday.

"I'm not too happy about it.  I was supposed to be at work at 11, but that's not happening until at least 2.  If the snow keeps up, it won't at all. I'd much rather be at work right now, but what can you do?" said Fischetti.

In Broome County, there are currently over 4,000 people without power.

Nearly 1,300 NYSEG customers lost power in Tioga County, and Delaware County has over 5,700 outages.

Garnar says the City of Binghamton is currently coordinating snow removal along Court and Main Streets to prepare for Saturday's Saint Patrick's Day parade.

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