Seven Years Ago 'October Surprise' Ravaged WNY

11:46 AM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - On Saturday, Western New Yorkers were out in force enjoying sunny skies and 70-degree weather. Seven years ago, on October 12, 2006, they were out in force cleaning up after a fluke snowstorm that came to be known as the "October Surprise."

The heavy, wet snow fell for hours -- bringing down trees, knocking out power, and blocking roads.

Many residents were without power for days, or weeks. It's something that this area will never forget. 

The folks at Re-Tree WNY tell us it's believed that 65,000 trees were damaged during the October 2006 storm. That's 85 percent of the trees in the city. About 7,400 trees were lost entirely. The group organized in the wake of that storm to try to repair the damage, and seven years later they're still hard at it.

Two On Your Side's reporter Andrea Marvin looks back on the day winter smacked Western New York without warning in the middle of autumn.

Click here for a photo gallery of the notorious storm and upload your pictures.

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