Buffalo digs out: 17 photos that show the insane snow removal effort

Dylan Stableford
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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)

A car approaches a partially flooded street following a massive snow storm in West Seneca

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.



Hardware store owners in the Buffalo area reported an unprecedented run on shovels.




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.




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.




Here's why:



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