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Woman gives birth at Buffalo firehouse

Posted at 11:45 AM, Nov 18, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-13 11:45:55-05

City officials say an unprecedented amount of snow has fallen on South Buffalo, prompting the mayor to issue a travel ban in the area and a limited State of Emergency.

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Steve Stepniak, head of the Department of Public Works, says the storm has produced a record amount of snowfall, making it extremely difficult for crews to clear the streets. Combined with stranded motorists and abandoned cars, cleanup efforts are slow going.

A driving ban is in effect for anything south of Clinton Street and a limited State of Emergency has been declared by Mayor Byron Brown. Nearly 100 pieces of equipment are focusing on clearing the streets in South Buffalo.

Crews have so far towed 60 cars left out on roadways. Anyone who left their car should call the city on Wednesday for its location.

First responders are having trouble getting to and from South Buffalo Mercy Hospital due to the conditions. A pregnant woman gave birth at Buffalo Fire Department Engine 4's firehouse. She and her baby girl are okay and are being bundled up to be transported to Mercy Hospital.

Snow is being hauled out of the area in trucks, rather than being plowed.