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City of Buffalo announces closing, changes due to storm

The City of Buffalo announced they will be closing their 4 waterfront parks and 2 indoor pools due to the forecasted storm this weekend.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The City of Buffalo is making plans ahead of the weekend storm to ensure safety of its residents. 

“A winter storm watch has been issued for all of Western New York except for Allegany County from 7:00 am on Friday until 7 a.m. on Monday,” Mayor Byron Brown said. “I encourage everyone to plan accordingly and finish up their last-minute holiday shopping and errands by Thursday, before the harsh weather arrives.”

Garbage and recycling pickup in Buffalo is cancelled for Friday.  The city is asking residents to NOT put out their trash cans Thursday. If you're scheduled pick up day is Friday, it will now be Monday, Dec. 26. All other scheduled pick ups for the week of Dec. 26 will be delayed one day through Saturday. 

The city also announced Wednesday that Buffalo's four waterfront parks will be closed to pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicular traffic beginning on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. 

The four parks include, Ralph Wilson Park, Bird Island Pier, Broderick Park and Erie Basin Marina.

The high winds forecast for Friday could create severe flooding issues. 

The city is also closing its two indoor pools, Cazenovia and Lovejoy, on Friday, Dec. 23. 

City residents can sign up for BUFFALERT for information of snow emergencies and other public service announcements in Buffalo. To sign for BUFFALERT, text your zip code to 38276

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