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Fairground roofs collapse under snow


HAMBURG, NY – Hamburg is one of the areas that got up to five feet or more of snow during this week's double lake effect event, causing damage at the Erie County Fairgrounds complex.

Erie County Agricultural Center CEO and manager Denny Lang took 2 On Your Side on a tour of the damaged facility Sunday evening.

"It's been a nightmare just like everyone else has reported," Lang said.

Support rafters gave way and the roofs collapsed on two buildings, one a horse barn where 54 racing horses were scheduled to move into early January for the racing season, and the other a relatively new building housing equipment for the central Showplace building.

There is also damage to doors, building trim and decorative shrubbery on site. It's bad but it could have been worse, especially in the barn.

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Frustration, relief in post-storm Lake View


LAKE SHORE -- "This is a lovely sight now," said Sam Insalaco, as plows arrived on Stainton Road Sunday.

He and neighbors shared their relief and their frustrations while crews pushed feet of snow to the sides of the street.

"It's gonna take time, so you have patience, but when you're into your sixth day of not seeing -- you know, I'm not saying curb to curb, but make a pass," Insalaco said.

"I really think the Town of Hamburg should be ashamed of themselves," Elaine Laprell said.

"Get it together," advised Moira Cooley. "Get a plan. Check with other places, and see what happened here, but this can't go on anymore."

As crews cleared Stainton Road, other responders, including fire personnel, were on North Creek Road, the site of one of many water main breaks.

Hamburg Supervisor updates snow removal process


HAMBURG, N.Y.- As crews work to clean up the several feet of snow that fell across part of Erie County, many Hamburg residents, especially those in the Lakeview area, say they're still buried in and have gotten little help in getting out.

We've seen many calls and tweets like the ones below.

Hamburg Town Supervisor Steven Walters says they're starting to make progress with state equipment that arrived Friday evening.

"We started receiving a large influx of snow removal equipment and so we're making a lot better progress today. We're looking at we're about 80 to 85 percent into the subdivisions that the roads are now passable," Walters told 2 On Your Side in a phone interview.

There is no longer a travel ban in Hamburg, but there is an advisory for necessary travel only.


Frontier schools closed while engineers assess roofs


HAMBURG, NY – The Frontier Central School District is closed until engineers decide the district's school buildings are safe for students, according to an announcement posted to the district website Friday.

School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe writes in the announcement that the roofs of all district school buildings have been deemed unsafe due to snow build-up.

The statement reads in part:

"NO ONE can go into our buildings until I give the ok. The district architect and their structural engineers have advised that our roofs are all dangerous. They are holding more weight than designed. We have a plan to address this problem, but NO ONE is to go into any district building until I give the ok. The forecast of rain is only going to make this situation more dangerous."

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Multiple companies respond to fire in Hamburg


HAMBURG, N.Y. - Multiple fire companies responded to an early morning fire on Pinehurst Court Sunday.

Firefighters say it started on the first floor and then spread to the upper level. Firefighters contained the flames to the inside of the home.

A third alarm was called because of the cold temperatures.

"Well we're short on man power. Also it's cold. We've got to rotate our crews in and out," said Lake View Fire Assistant Chief Mark Szczepanik. "We didn't really know what we had early on, so just to be safe we kind of got some extra equipment coming."

Firefighters say the house was occupied but all the residents got out safely. They didn't say how many people lived in the home.

Investigators are trying to determine a cause. There's no estimate on damages.


Banner falls from plane, lands on house in Hamburg


HAMBURG, N.Y.- A large banner that was being flown by a plane fell on top of a house on Briercliff Drive in the Town of Hamburg Tuesday evening.

The banner did not do any apparent damage to the house, and a 2 On Your Side photographer on the scene says it appears no one was hurt.

2 On Your Side spoke to the pilot off camera, who said he was having engine trouble and had to dump the banner, or risk the plane and banner both going down. The plane was able to land without incident.

A viewer sent us a tweet on Twitter telling us about the banner.

The pilot says he's not sure what was causing the engine problem.

Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Fundraiser


HAMBURG, NY - Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer and on Sunday there was a special event to raise awareness and money for research.

It was all part of the fifth-annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer fundraiser at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.

There was plenty of entertainment, food, basket raffles and activities that serve to educate people on common misconceptions surrounding lung cancer.

According to organizers, lung cancer kills more people than colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer combined.

All of the money from the event will benefit the Lung Cancer Alliance, which works to fund a cure.