October Surprise

Chris Caya WBFO News

After leading the effort to replace thousands of trees killed during the October Surprise snowstorm of 2006, Paul Maurer is now working to save some newly planted trees from the ongoing heat wave.

Local utilities are also encouraging customers to conserve power during the heat wave because it puts additional strain on the power grid.

Catholic Health

The official start of winter is just weeks away and, so far, Western New York has dodged any significant cold or snow. But that doesn’t mean area medical facilities aren’t expecting it and staying ready.

WBFO file photo

An ambitious crusade to plant new trees throughout the region moved into the heart of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood Friday.

WBFO News photo by Mark Scott

Ten years ago, October 12, 2006, marks the arrival of the "October Surprise." It was an early Lake Effect snowstorm that hit Buffalo, crushing trees and bringing down power lines. It started the evening of October 12 and by Friday, October 13, there were extensive damage and heavy snow across the region. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes a look back and how our trees have recovered over the last decade. 

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Erie County will not have to repay millions in federal aid it received following the October 2006 surprise storm.


Former County Executive Joel Giambra says he did the right thing in cleaning up the October Surprise storm, no matter what Washington says more than six years later.

WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

A federal audit says Erie County should pay back $48.5 million in disaster relief costs associated with the 2006 'October Surprise' snowstorm.