- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says evacuation plans are being prepared and the Red Cross is setting up shelters as rising temperatures melt 7 feet of snow in the Buffalo area, causing a risk of flooding.

In his fifth day in Buffalo, Cuomo said Sunday that the only driving bans remaining in the area are in Lackawanna and South Buffalo as snow removal crews continue to dig out streets. He said the last exit remaining closed on the Thruway will open Sunday.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Sunday that 225 vehicles have been towed from the main routes in Lackawanna, but owners won’t be charged.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said 100 percent of streets in the city are passable after more than 85,000 tons of snow was carted from South Buffalo.

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