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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Spending his fourth day in Western New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned area residents to take preparations for potential flooding in coming days, especially in the areas hit hardest by the snow.

Speaking at what has become the state's emergency response headquarters in Alden, Cuomo said he has directed state agencies to take every precaution to protect residents and minimize damage to the impacted communities from the impending flooding expected due to rising temperatures and piles of snow.

“With the possibility of flooding in areas already hit hard by major snowfall over the past few days, we have launched a massive deployment of emergency personnel and resources to Western New York,” Cuomo said. “We have mobilized resources from across the state – including more than 500 National Guard members, hundreds of pumps and hundreds of thousands of sandbags – and we are taking every precaution to keep these communities safe.”

While flooding in the northtowns — including East Niagara — is not expected to be a huge issue, potential damage from high winds early next week could be.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch in effect from Monday morning through Monday evening throughout Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming and Monroe counties.

The warning says that winds from the southwest will be at 25 to 35 mph with potential gusts as high as 60 mph.

"Winds of this magnitude could bring down some trees and power lines, resulting in scattered power outages," the weather service says. "These winds would also make difficult travel for high profile vehicles. IN addition, holiday decorations could be damaged and other loose outdoor items such as trash cans could be blown away."

The weather service suggests securing loose outdoor items and staying indoors.

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