New York state declares emergency as blizzards claim five lives

New York state declares emergency as blizzards claim five lives
A man digs out his driveway in Depew, New York. Picture: AP

New York has declared a state of emergency after five people died when severe blizzards hit the state.

In the city of Buffalo, people have not been able to get out of their homes because the snow is higher than their roofs.

Nearly five and a half feet has fallen in some places.

"I've been here my whole life and seen lots of snow. It's never stopped me until now," said one local.

County officials confirmed yesterday that there had been four snow storm-related deaths. One of the four people was killed in a traffic accident and the three others died after suffering heart problems, two of whom were believed to have been shoveling heavy snow at the time.

At least another two people are believed to have died in car accidents caused by icy conditions and decreased visibility on the roads in New Hampshire and Michigan over the past week.

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