WNYers Prepare for Storm

October 29, 2012 Updated Oct 29, 2012 at 7:55 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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October 29, 2012 Updated Oct 29, 2012 at 7:55 PM EDT

Amherst, NY (WKBW) - People across Western New York are now preparing their families, homes and cars for this torrential storm.

For many, that means putting together an emergency kit and checking their drains and generators.

Many people are worried about local street flooding, so they are checking the drains and clearing the leaves to try to keep the water level down.

On a chilly rainy Monday, with Hurricane Sandy barreling up the east coast, Bill Wind of Amherst is outside to get ready for the storm's remnants.

Wind says his neighborhood has a history of local street flooding, so he's "Just clearing them out by the curbs so the water will drain. Later I'll go down to the end of the street and clear out the drain itself. It's all filled with leaves."

There are signs up and down the streets in Western New York that others are trying to prevent the streets from flooding by keeping the drains clear.

Wind says "It takes about ten minutes. People ought to think about doing that on their street."

Residents are also getting their generators ready -- they don't want to be without power in case they lose electricity for a few days.

Victor Syracuse and his neighbors were busy gassing up the generator to make sure it works.

"You're always a little nervous about losing power," Syracuse tells Eyewitness News. "Everything is electric today. The furnace, freezer, refrigerated, the whole works."

Worried about falling pine trees nearby and downed power lines, Syracuse does not want to be left in the dark.

Syracuse has not used his generator since the Surprise October Snowstorm in 2006 -- and he doesn't want to be stuck again.

He has "the flashlights out, checked to make sure they're all working and everything is going great."