City of Buffalo Preps Plows for Winter

October 28, 2010 Updated Oct 28, 2010 at 5:36 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 28, 2010 Updated Oct 28, 2010 at 5:36 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) As the temperature outside drops and the days get shorter, many Western New Yorkers have begun preparing for the inevitable winter and all the snow that comes with it. Officials from the Department of Public Works met with Mayor Byron Brown Thursday to do just that, only on a much bigger scale.

Mayor Brown toured the Broadway Garage of the Department of Public Works for the annual inspection of Buffalo's snow fighting fleet. The city has 56 plows, 16 other smaller trucks, and employs about seventy people as plow drivers. Officials announced Thursday the makeover of several smaller trucks, making it easier to plow narrow residential streets. Also this year, all plows and trucks will be outfitted with GPS. And with the threat of a big snow storm always there, Mayor Brown officially called Buffalo's fleet "ready."

"The City of Buffalo is one of the most effective work forces in the nation in fighting snow. In fact, when other communities have difficulty with their snow fighting and with storms they often times call Buffalo," Brown said.

Mayor Brown also toured the facility's computer command center, a high tech way of making sure snow fighting is as efficient as possible.

"The City of Buffalo's snow fighting fleet is now the most efficient and technologically advanced in the history the City of Buffalo, and we're very pleased to be able to say that," Brown added.

In addition to plows, the city also has over nine thousand tons of street salt ready for winter. And in the case of a snow emergency, like the October storm of 2006, the city has the ability to receive snow fighting help from Buffalo Parks and Engineering employees and equipment.