BUFFALO - As temperatures near Buffalo, New York, rose above freezing on Saturday, volunteers fanned out to help their neighbors clear the walls of snow that have paralyzed parts of the region this week, but the warming trend also raised the threat of flooding.
More than 200 volunteers, called the Shovel Brigade Mob, armed themselves with shovels and headed into neighborhoods south of downtown Buffalo. The group said some residents were still stuck in their homes, days after a lake-effect system clobbered the region with up to seven feet of snow.
"Everyone wanted to do something for those who are stuck and stranded who don't have groceries and diapers," said Sara Heidinger, a volunteer coordinator.
As the city dug itself out on Saturday, concerns grew about widespread flooding due to rising temperatures. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch, predicted rain and forecast temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of the region for the next few days.