Heavy Snow in Broome County Brings State Assistance

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- It's being compared to the snow storm of 1993.

"We'll probably have the same situation [in] different areas, depending on how the snow drifts go," said Broome County Sheriff David Harder.

"We've been tracking this over the past couple days. We started to see the storm's miles intensify last night," said County Executive Jason Garnar.

It all led Broome County officials to issue a state of emergency. A complete travel ban was also enforced, which officials say has helped to prevent serious accidents. 

"There's only been a few accidents," Harder said. "Most of it's been disabled vehicles, people getting stuck that shouldn't be out there in the first place."

"It's a very dangerous storm. It's coming at a rate of three to four inches per hour," said Garnar.

That makes it even more difficult for plow trucks. 

"Four inches per hour exceeds the ability of the snow-clearing equipment to keep up," said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

That's why the state is bringing additional resources. 

"We've called up 2,000 National [Guardsmen] and we'll be redeploying the National Guard from other parts of the state to the Southern Tier and the I-88 corridor," Cuomo said.

Areas across New York State will also send large plow trucks and additional emergency operations personnel. 

"We're looking at a storm that we can barely keep up with, so we are really thankful for the state for providing any type of resources that they have available to Broome County," Garnar said.

In the meantime, the Emergency Services Operations Center will continue to share the resources they do have throughout the county. 

"We've brought more staff in, and what we're doing here is we're coordinating all the resource requests that come in from all the municipalities," said Emergency Service Director Michael Ponticiello. "We're getting them the resources they need. We're also supplying the state with any information that they need."

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