A car approaches a partially flooded street following a massive snow storm in West Seneca, New York November 24, 2014. Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area around Buffalo, New York braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to seven feet (2 metres) of snow. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)
How do you dig out from underneath nearly six feet of snow?
Residents of upstate New York are asking themselves just that, after more than 65 inches of snow fell in the Buffalo area this week. Snowbound social media users have been documenting the massive snow removal efforts in photos and videos.
The State has assembled 1,275 personnel & 658 pieces of heavy equipment including 463 plows to address snow removal. pic.twitter.com/SzlW6gdHVt— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 20, 2014
This thing is back -- just to redo the 8-foot-wide path it did last night that got re-covered with snow. pic.twitter.com/vcWqLj7EBY— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) November 20, 2014
Kevin Maszczak shovel roof West Seneca MY pic.twitter.com/hHsRfdFnvU— John Hickey (@jhickeyBN) November 20, 2014
Braeden Attig has a big job ahead of him as he tries to get his aunt's car free in Orchard Park. pic.twitter.com/I6Y2oAJmPL— Brian Connolly (@brianjconnolly) November 19, 2014
Hardware store owners in the Buffalo area reported an unprecedented run on shovels.
Almost out of shovels at Gui's. Owner trying to get down from Niagara Falls with more shovels. pic.twitter.com/Eq5qJ1GCF3— Brian Connolly (@brianjconnolly) November 20, 2014
But others were awaiting arguably more important supplies.
While parts of the New York Thruway have been cleared, they remain closed with more lake-effect snow expected.
Gov. Cuomo: "There is a driving ban for a reason. Stay at home, pretty, pretty please!" pic.twitter.com/3Hm1Ky7Us0— Derek Gee (@DerekGeePhoto) November 20, 2014
Stranded drivers had no choice.
On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills said the team would pay fans $10 an hour to help remove 220,000 tons of snow from Ralph Wilson Stadium ahead of Sunday's scheduled home game against the New York Jets.
Want to help clear the Ralph? We're looking for snow shovelers. Pay is $10/hour + game tickets. Call 716-636-4840 for details.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 19, 2014
Ralph Wilson Stadium is under there somewhere... pic.twitter.com/QHmlYZvKRK— Derek Gee (@DerekGeePhoto) November 19, 2014