Buffalo blizzard death toll rises to 38 as troops look for victims

Workers and National Guard troops have begun clearing snow and searching for survivors after the winter storm in Buffalo (Pictures: REUTERS / REX)

The National Guard began going door-to-door checking on homes after a massive winter storm froze the city of Buffalo for days.

The death toll from the blizzard rose to 38 by Thursday morning, as Erie County workers and officials began the long process of restoring roads, power, and other services in the region.

The death toll has surpassed the Blizzard of 1977 – a devastating and memorable storm that killed 29 people in the Erie County.

Officials said 17 of the fatalities were found outside. One of these victims, Monique Alexander, collapsed outside her home on Christmas Eve.

Alexander did not tell her family where she was going before she left the house, and her daughter Casey Maccarone told CNN that she assumed she was trying to buy some last-minute groceries before stores closed.

‘We were waiting for her to come home,’ Maccarone said. ‘She’s always felt like superwoman and invincible, so I’m assuming that she just thought she could handle the conditions.’

At least four more people died after becoming trapped in their cars. One of these victims was identified as 22-year-old nurse Anndel Taylor, who became trapped in her car while driving home from work at a senior center.

Taylor’s family has set up a GoFundMe to cover her funeral expenses.

National guard members check on residents, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, in Buffalo N.Y., following a winter storm. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

National guard members check on residents in Buffalo, New York (Picture: AP)

National Guardsmen began going door-to-door to check on residents in each neighborhood of Buffalo, which reported a population of 278,349 in the 2020 census.

By Wednesday night, a total of 850 homes had been checked on.

‘We are fearful there are individuals who may have perished living alone, or two people who are not doing well in an establishment, especially those who still don’t have power,’ Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said.

About 500 customers were still out of power on Wednesday as the storm subsided. Power has been restored to most households as of Thursday, according to data from PowerOutage.us.

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 28: New York Army National Guard specialists Tucker and Kessler direct traffic on December 28, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. The historic Winter Storm Elliott dumped up to four feet of snow on the area leaving thousands without power and thirty confirmed dead in the city of Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)

New York Army National Guard members direct traffic on December 28, 2022 in Buffalo, New York (Pictures: Getty Images)

Nine people were discovered to have died in their homes after losing power and heat.

Many of the storm’s fatalities occurred due to medical emergencies, and at least three people died due to EMS delays. On Saturday night, most of the city’s fire trucks were completely immobilized by the snow.

On Thursday at midnight, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown lifted a driving ban that was being enforced by state and military police to keep people off the dangerous roads.

Vehicles drive down Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo. N.Y., on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. Clean-up efforts remain underway after a blizzard hit four Western New York counties. (Joseph Cooke//The Buffalo News via AP)

Vehicles drive down Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo after a lane has been cleared of snow (Picture: AP)

However, officials are still asking drivers to stay off the roads if possible.

At least one lane has been cleared for usage in the city’s major highways, suburban roads, and downtown streets. Buffalo-Niagara International Airport has also reopened.

But as temperatures rise quickly in western New York, officials have started to worry about the possibility of flooding as snow and ice begin to melt.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by NY State Department Of Transport/ZUMA Press Wire Service/Shutterstock (13686107h) Crews from the NY State Department Of Transportation Western NY work to uncover and remove abandoned cars and clear ramps on the Kensington expressway in the city of Buffalo. The death toll from the massive blizzard that hit the Buffalo area has risen to 34 in western New York. Extreme Cold Weather Sweeps Across US: New York, Buffalo, USA - 27 Dec 2022

A car remains buried in a snow embankment in Buffalo (Picture: NY State Department Of Transport/ZUMA Press Wire Service/Shutterstock)

Although temperatures are expected to rise to above 50 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday, the National Weather Service said any flooding will be of the ‘minor or nuisance variety.’

New York Governor Kathy Hochul still issued a warning and deployed emergency measures to prepare for the worst.

‘We have nearly 800,000 sandbags & more than 300 pumps & generators ready to deploy. We will continue to work closely with local partners to help communities recover,’ the governor said on Twitter.

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