The snow and wind really picked up in the Town of Tonawanda late Tuesday morning and early afternoon, officials said.
Supervisor Anthony F. Caruana declared a state of emergency around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday due to “severe winter storm and blizzard conditions” after consulting with town police and Emergency Services Coordinator Dennis Carson.
“We’re weathering the storm,” Caruana said. “Hopefully people will stay inside and warm.”
Town police monitoring conditions in the department’s Emergency Operations Center earlier had issued a travel advisory, asking residents to avoid any unnecessary travel. Police had responded to only a handful of minor fender-benders and disabled motor vehicles.
“Call-wise it’s been slow,” said Police Chief Anthony J. Palombo. “That would indicate people are staying home and off the roads as we’re asking them to do.”
Highway Superintendent William E. Swanson said the town would have 22 plows and front-end loaders clearing roads until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Those 22 pieces of equipment would be back on the road at midnight, he said. Road salt has been rendered useless by the extreme cold temperatures, he said, so the town’s eight salt trucks would begin treating roads at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Meanwhile, water department workers repaired a water main break Tuesday morning at the intersection of June Road and Delaware Avenue, Caruana said. And Town Court proceedings for Tuesday evening were also cancelled. Officials asked anyone due before the court to call 876-5536 to reschedule their appearance.