BUFFALO (WKBW) What a difference a day makes. Mother Nature calmed down a bit after a Friday full of high winds, leaving behind a Saturday of naked tree stumps, broken branches, and curbside debris.
But just as soon as the wind died down, volunteers were already out replacing trees. Members of ReTree WNY planted 300 trees at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The event was planned before Friday's storm, and set out to replace trees lost in the October storm of 2006, but after multiple scenes of downed trees the day before, organizers say every new tree helps.
"There probably were a lot of other trees lost, we don't have a count. I know over by Dyouville College they lost a lot of big trees that came down. And that's what our group does, reforest from storms and from general die off of trees that happens over the years," Paul Maurer of ReTree WNY said.
The Buffalo Zoo reopened it's doors as well, after being closed Friday because of the wind. Officials say it was precautionary, and the grounds only sustained some damage.
"It wasn't too bad. It was just that there were a lot of loose branches and we didn't want anything falling on children, so we just wanted to be as safe as possible," Katie Jordan of the Buffalo Zoo said.
And despite the rain, plenty of families came out for "Zooper Saturday," to get an up close look at the many animals who made it through the wind just like they did.
"Oh they're OK. They're used to the weather, the outdoors, it's almost like enrichment for them, it's something new to experience so they had fun with it. And of course if we thought they were in any danger towards the animals they would be put inside their holding areas," Jordan added.
Now it is all about dragging branches to the curb before Mother Nature's next surprise for the Queen City.