President Biden approved an emergency declaration for New York on Monday, ordering federal aid to help respond to the severe winter storm in the western part of the state.
His action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster response efforts to complement the state and local response efforts deployed since the blizzard hit this weekend.
The federal government can now coordinate disaster response in 11 New York counties, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) thanked Biden for approving the emergency declaration and for working with the state.
“Our emergency declaration for counties affected by this weekend’s historic winter storm has been approved! Thank you @POTUS for immediately granting our request and for our continued strong partnership. We will continue to work around the clock to help communities rebuild and recover,” she said said in a statement.
The massive storm dumped more than six feet of snow in some areas, setting a record for the most snowfall in a 24-hour period in New York. The Buffalo Bills moved their Sunday night football game against the Cleveland Browns to Detroit after the heavy snowfall, which began late Thursday night in the Buffalo area.