The latest winter storm to strike Long Island this season has caused Governor Cuomo to declare a State of Emergency for the Island and other parts of New York. Wet, heavy snow has already caused delays for the LIRR, and as it continues to fall plows are hard at work trying to clear the roads.
“With this winter storm continuing to deliver snow, ice, and freezing rain across parts of the State, I am declaring a state of emergency… so that we can continue to effectively respond to the storm and aid communities in need,” the Governor said. “Heavy snow… may accumulate at rates of around two to three inches per hour, which will make it difficult for plows to keep some roads clear. New Yorkers should stay off of the roads and remain in their homes until the worst of the storm has passed.”
Cuomo previously declared a State of Emergency during the snowstorm on February 5 so that salt and supplies which would normally be tied up by the State could be moved to districts and towns that needed them. The declaration will again help local governments keep up with the continuous snowfall.
Some parts of Long Island have already reported as much as 10 inches of accumulation, and the storm is not finished yet.
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[Source: Governor Cuomo]