‘Winter wonderland’ continues in area

Snow … that is what everyone has been seeing more than their fair share of lately and there seems to be no end to this winter wonderland.

Local officials in the city of Dunkirk, village of Fredonia, and village of Cassadaga have been up to their knees in snow for the past three days.

Dunkirk Department of Public Works Director Tony Gugino said the “guys are getting tired” but the “plows are holding up.”

“Our main focus has been the main streets – Route 5 and Central Avenue,” Gugino said. “I know the plows have done all the roads including the side roads – Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Third at least once today.”

Gugino said the snow intensified at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning and expanded until 7 p.m.

“Honestly stay home,” Gugino said. “Why risk danger to yourself or others?”

Gugino said he wants to remind people to stay off Lake Front Boulevard during the winter season.

“I can’t tell you how many people go into drifts because they don’t stay off Lake Front,” he said. “It is very dangerous and the railing will not keep someone from going into the lake.”

Cassadaga Village Mayor LeeAnn Lazarony said the snow has been “terrible” and they “probably got a couple feet of snow” Friday.

“We have a saying ‘it is always snowing in Cassadaga.’ There might not be snow anywhere else, but we always get it here,” she said.

“We have great guys plowing the streets up here since 4:30 a.m. (Friday) and we have the best plowed streets in the county,” Lazarony said.

Lazarony said they had a problem in the morning on Route 60 due to the temperature being so low. “It was hard to keep the roads salted,” she said.

She added, “I love the snow, it is very beautiful, but you couldn’t see across the lake this morning, it was a white-out.”

Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe said it got really nasty Friday morning.

“It has been an endless battle the last three days to keep the roads clean,” he said. “With the snow falling several inches per hour it is hard for plows to move all that snow, especially during rush hour.”

Fredonia Village Administrator Richard St. George said the plows have been out there non-stop for the past three days.

He said they are doing the best they can to keep up with the snowfall.

“We are still sitting in a blue bubble, it is sitting right over us,” he said. “Downtown looks really good, and all the main streets will be taken care of so people can get home after work.”

St. George said they will haul the snow down to Water Street where there is a parking lot they can dump the excess snow safely.

“I talked to the chief (of police Brad Meyers) and he said ‘we are out constantly from call-to call, non-stop’ but it hasn’t been anything major,” St. George said. “Lots of people sliding off the road and minor fender benders.”

The local officials have been very busy trying to keep the roads safe and stay ahead of the winter storm.

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