Dry Heat Taking Toll on Area Residents

July 14, 2012 Updated Jul 14, 2012 at 8:47 PM EDT

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July 14, 2012 Updated Jul 14, 2012 at 8:47 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The hot, dry weather over the past few weeks is taking its toll on the Western New York region.

For many residents, it has become difficult just to tend their gardens and stay cool in the dry heat.

Governor Cuomo has issued a 90-day residential burn ban as result of the lack of rain, and resident on Grand Island are being asked to voluntarily reduce their water usage.

"I've pretty much given up on the front lawn," says Grand Island resident Clif Smith.

"It's not like my grass is the only one that is burned out so it's not something I'm particularly concerned about right now."

His wife Lisa has resorted to using rain barrels for watering their garden.

To stay cool, the couple and their dog River take a short stroll across West River Road to the edge of the Niagara River. After wading out about about waist deep in the water, they set their chairs in river and sit and relax when the heat gets to be too much.

There is even a chair for River.

"We just sit, we put the chairs down, one for the dog, one for each of us," explains Lisa.