Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said Sunday that one of the most frightening things he can envision this Halloween is seeing a trick-or-treater injured because of Hurricane Sandy.
As a precaution, the mayor is considering postponing all trick-or-treating within the city on Wednesday night if the storm's high winds, damage, or flooding put children and parents at risk.
"[I'm] not saying we are going to [postpone it], but we are going to be watching the storm very carefully all day Monday and early Tuesday," Brown said. "Do we really want children out trick-or-treating in very heavy rains and high winds, where the gusts could be as high as 50 or 60 miles an hour? I don't think so."
So far, we have not heard that any surrounding communities are considering anything similar, at least not yet.
Both the mayor and county executive joined the Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy Sunday morning at the NITTEC headquarters in downtown Buffalo. The trio was there to tour the facility, where workers were monitoring the storm and road conditions.
The concern about possible damage is focused largely on trees. First, the trees are covered in leaves, meaning they're heavier. With the ground soggy from days of rain, and with the wind blowing from the north (which is unusual here), the trees may be more likely to tip over and take down power lines. Second, all the leaves falling from the trees are washing into storm sewers and blocking them, making flooding more likely.