Connecticut sends equipment and staff to help dig out Buffalo

As the beleaguered residents of Buffalo, N.Y. continue to dig out from this week’s massive snowfall — with accumulations topping five feet — they will get some help from Connecticut.

Three jumbo snow blowers along with plow trucks and other equipment, including 22 state Department of Transportation staffers were to leave Connecticut this morning, and expected to arrive in Buffalo around noon. They will remain until at least Monday, Nov. 24, a press release from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office said.

Mr. Malloy said the help was being sent as part of  “cooperative, reciprocal arrangements in times of need, similar to what we try to do with major power outages and even fires and other emergencies in the region. Connecticut is well prepared in case of a heavy snow storm, but I am pleased that we can make these resources available to the State of New York.”

The jumbo snow blowers are mounted on traditional loaders and, when in operation, are followed by plow trucks to assist in clearing roads. Connecticut purchased 12 of the large snow blowers in October 2013. They can move 1,500 tons of snow per hour.

Mr. Malloy reported that Connecticut is well-prepared for the onslaught of winter, with 632 snow-plow trucks ready to go and ample supplies of salt and the liquid salt-brine material used to pre-treat roads and bridges before a storm (some of which has already been used this fall).

The DOT also has some 200 private snow-plow contractors on call in the event they are needed to augment state forces and averages about $30 million a year for winter storm activity.