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The photographs below were compiled from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District publication entitled "Operation Snow Go - Blizzard of '77".  This is an excellent, detailed post-storm report for nine counties affected by the blizzard in New York State.


Road clearing operations on Furhmann Blvd.  Note the buried vehicle next to the front end loader.
(Corps of Engineers)




This house, located in Depew, NY was almost totally buried by tremendous snowdrifts.  This is the east side of the house, which was downwind of the westerly wind.  Behind the house was a large area of open fields.  Volunteer firefighters clear the roof as a front-endloader works its way toward the front door.  (Buffalo Evening News 1/77)



OK, first I have to find my car, then I have to dig it out, then I have to start it, then I have to get it home!  (Buffalo Evening News)



This is a truly ironic photograph.   Here, trucks are taking snow that was produced by Lake Erie and are dumping it back into the lake.   In some strange way, I feel that this photo represents a perverted version of the Hydrologic Cycle! (Courier Express)



As you can see, a TV crew treks across tremendous snow drifts to get some film footage of a C-130 bringing in badly needed men and equipment.  The drifts are so deep that the crew avoids the roof of a car as they walk along.  (Courier Express) 



Buffalo was not the only area hard hit by the storm.  East of Lake Ontario, Watertown received over 5 feet of lake effect snow off a still unfrozen Lake Ontario.  The strong winds piled the snow into gigantic drifts.  A huge rotary plow operates in the background.  According to reports, drifts in Jefferson county were "only" 18 feet high. (2/3/77 Watertown daily Times)



Red Cross volunteers traveling by snowmobile checked for trapped passengers in vehicles such as the one shown above.  Nine bodies were found frozen to death during and shortly after the blizzard.  A total of 23 deaths were attributed to the blizzard in the Buffalo area.  (2/2/77 Robert L. Smith)



One-lane traffic was very common after the storm.  Snow plows just kept going, in an attempt to clear as many roads as quickly as possible after the storm.  I would not want to turn around here!.  (2/7/77 Dept. of Transportation)