Governor tells Watertown “More Help is Coming”

Sunday interview with WWNY
Gov. Hochul talks about the historic storm
Published: Nov. 19, 2022 at 7:47 PM EST
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Governor Hochul tells 7NEWS more plows and operators are coming to the North Country to help clear the snow from this weekend’s historic lake effect snowstorm.

Governor Hochul was expected to visit the Watertown area Sunday morning and give a snowstorm update, but mid-morning the visit was cancelled due to unfavorable flying and landing conditions. Instead, she held a press briefing with WWNY and other local media. The region is digging out from a historic lake effect snowstorm that started Thursday. The lake effect snow warning expires Monday at 4am.

The Governor said state plows are on the streets of Watertown now, and more will come. Also, NYS will help clear snow on Fort Drum. Talks have happened between Hochul’s team and leadership of the 10th Mountain Division.

Saturday, Governor Hochul asked President Biden for a Federal Emergency Declaration for 11 New York State counties. If approved, the Emergency Declaration will provide immediate federal funding to impacted counties to support ongoing response and rescue operations.

The counties included in the federal request are Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Niagara, Oneida, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wyoming Counties.

The Governor updated New Yorkers on the winter storm impacting parts of Western, Central, and Northern New York. More than five feet of snow has already accumulated in parts of Erie County and more than six feet of snow has fallen in Jefferson County since Thursday evening. Areas in and around the cities of Buffalo and Watertown have experienced consistent snowfall rates of two-to-three inches per hour, with some locations seeing a peak of six inches of snowfall an hour.