1st Lake Effect Snow in Buffalo, NY 11/18/14
Let’s just say that it’s kind of ironic that we moved from Buffalo, NY 11 years ago after we had 7 ft. of snow only to return for our first winter to take care of my mom just in time for an early 1st Lake Effect Snow to hit the city on 11/18/14! Buffalo should be used to this kind of snow after so many years, yet this year….it was a fail!
Cars were stranded on the Thruway with people stuck inside for days, the Thruway was actually shut down for days because of it. There were driving bans everywhere that had gotten the snowfall. Usually it’s the Southtowns that get hit the hardest. Unfortunately, this time it was Cheektowaga, West Seneca, Buffalo city line and Hamburg. We are right at the Buffalo/West Seneca city line and were one of the hardest hit areas.
Now, you have to remember that we have lived in Florida for 11 years and would only visit during the summer months. That being said, we don’t own pants, boots, winter coats, gloves, hats, and anything else needed for lake effect snow conditions. It’s kind of hard to get through all that snow in shorts and flip flops!
It snowed so bad that we were actually stuck inside the house for 5 days until someone came and shoveled us out. Thank goodness that I had gone food shopping on Monday and we were able to survive that long without running out of anything. I was getting worried though that if we had an emergency with my 94 year old mom that we would be in big trouble.
The street wasn’t plowed but they said we could call the city and get help if we needed it. I called the city number to be referred to the Red Cross to be referred to volunteers…but to no avail. No one came and no one called. We felt kind of helpless.
Finally, on Saturday, there was a place called Eight Days of Hope on one of the TV stations websites that we could email if we needed help. By that time, we were out of the basics, milk, bread, and eggs. I wasn’t worried about my husband and I but my mom will only eat certain things and those were the things.
I emailed them early Saturday morning and within an hour I received a call from them. They asked what we needed so I told them and said we also needed one of the doors shoveled just so we could get out in case of an emergency. The snow on the doors was actually up to the glass and there was no way to open either of them.
They said they would be over shortly. Within an hour 2 guys, Carlos and Tim, were here with the basics and shovels. They shoveled the front door just so we could open it and handed us the food. We asked how much we owed them and they said nothing. They wanted us to say a prayer together, which we did and said to just pay it forward to someone else in need.
I cannot begin to tell you how happy that made us feel. I felt blessed that there are people out there would go to such great lengths to help others during this 1st lake effect snow storm. They were both actually from North Carolina. We had never heard of Eight Days Of Hope so I looked it up. They are based out of Tupelo, MS, Elvis’s hometown. We were really grateful for their help.
Never underestimate the power and feeling of gratitude that you get for doing it and for those you help. Maybe it was last month when I scraped up the change I had in my purse that I gave to the homeless man standing on the street corner with his dog, that sent these people to help us.
Have you ever received an act of kindness or helped someone in need?
Topic: Lake Effect Snow