US military police issue driving ban in snowy Buffalo

Authorities kept people off Buffalo’s snow-covered streets as officials continued to count deaths three days after the deadliest storm to hit western New York state in at least two generations.

Even as suburban roads and most major freeways in the area reopened, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz warned that police would be stationed at Buffalo entrances and major intersections because some drivers flouted a driving ban.

More than 30 people have reportedly died in the area, officials said, including seven from storm-related deaths announced Tuesday by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s office.

The toll surpasses that of the historic 1977 blizzard, which was blamed for the deaths of up to 29 people in an area known for harsh winter weather.

Resident Greg Monett took to social media to ask for help shoveling a 6-foot (1.8 m) pile of snow off the end of his Buffalo driveway so he could receive dialysis treatment on Tuesday.

“It was a nightmare,” he said.

His family home had had power out for a time, he said, so relatives ran a gas stove to keep warm, a practice he acknowledged as dangerous.

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