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County, Red Cross set up emergency operations

Posted at 9:52 AM, Nov 18, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-13 09:52:55-05

Emergency officials are setting up operations centers to handle the massive amount of lake effect snow that has fallen on parts of Western New York.

A State of Emergency has been declared in Erie County, where officials are working out of the Broadway Avenue facility in Cheektowaga.

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State Police estimate there are 120 vehicles stuck around the Lackawanna toll barrier on the NYS Thruway at this time. There are stranded vehicles on roadways across Western New York.

Joe Basil Chevrolet at 5111 Transit Road in Depew/Lancaster is open and offering anyone who needs shelter or a warm place to stay at their dealership.

The American Red Cross is opening or supporting partner shelters across WNY. Volunteers will have food, water, blankets, cots and additional support available at the following locations:

Alexander Fireman’s Recreation Hall
10708 Alexander Road, Alexander

Cheektowaga Senior Center (providing blankets only)
3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga

Depew Senior Center
85 Manitou Street, Depew

Fredonia High School
425 East Main Road, Fredonia

Lackawanna Senior Center
234 Martin Road, Lackawanna

Lancaster Fire Department (providing food only)
525 Pavement Road, Lancaster

Orchard Park Fire District
30 School Street, Orchard Park

Ripley Fire Hall
11 South State Street, Ripley