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Volunteers help dig out stranded residents

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Posted at 4:14 PM, Nov 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-22 16:35:29-05

It is called the "Shovel Brigade," a small army of nearly two hundred volunteers, armed with shovels and snow blowers. They took to the snow covered streets of some of the hardest hit areas Saturday morning with one mission: help others dig out.

"I had about 3 or 4 inches at my house, and I have friends and family who had 3 or 4 feet. So I had a free day, let's do it," volunteer Charlie Fashana said.

"The people of South Buffalo need help, and we're all here to help. We're from Buffalo, we're Buffalonians, and we come to help," volunteer Mark Worrell added.

And helping get to those in need, including the elderly, those with medical conditions, or those who couldn't get out of their homes like Jamell Turner.

"It's great man, it's like a miracle," snowed in Jamell Turner said.

Even local officials took part in the big dig out in South Buffalo, including State Senator Tim Kennedy and Congressman Brian Higgins.

"This is a vintage 1977 shovel from Tim Kennedy's garage," Higgins joked.

Nearly all the organizers and volunteers calling upon Buffalo's nickname in this post-storm cleanup effort, "the City of Good Neighbors," and putting those words into action.

"Let's do our thing. This is the City of Good Neighbors for a reason, because of the unprecedented turnout today, we're showing just that," Tim Kennedy said.

Cleanup efforts continue throughout Buffalo, with Mayor Brown claiming that over 95% of the city's streets were open.