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Nassau, Suffolk send help to snowed-in Buffalo

A man shovels his roof as snow continues

A man shovels his roof as snow continues to fall just south of Buffalo a day after a winter storm dumped several feet in Hamburg on Nov. 20, 2014. Credit: EPA / Mark Webster

Suffolk and Nassau counties have sent a convoy of trucks, equipment and workers to Buffalo to assist with snow removal, officials said Thursday.

The state Emergency Management Office asked Wednesday if local governments would be able to assist Buffalo, parts of which were buried under 6 feet of snow. Forecasters are predicting up to 2 feet of additional snow.

"When we got the call yesterday asking for assistance for Buffalo, my response was absolutely, whatever they need," County Executive Steve Bellone said from a department of public works yard in Commack.

County Executive Edward Mangano deployed seven workers, two dump truck/plows, and three payloaders to Buffalo, a Mangano spokesman said Thursday.

Suffolk sent two payloaders, which are carried on two trucks, and two dump trucks. The county also sent a foreman and six operators for the equipment so they can work 24-hour shifts, said county spokeswoman Vanessa Baird-Streeter.

The cost to Suffolk is estimated at $4,300 per day. Most mutual aid deployments last three to five days, she said.

The Suffolk crew left for Buffalo at 11:45 a.m. and will get an assignment at the site.

Buffalo sent aid to Long Island during superstorm Sandy and the February 2013 blizzard, Baird-Streeter said.

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