(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- After the city was devastated by a winter storm over Christmas, Buffalo’s police commissioner warned residents to prepare for “more bodies to be discovered.”
In parts of Buffalo, more than five feet of snow fell, immobilizing people inside their cars, and causing at least 28 fatalities across western New York state.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia stated on Tuesday that officers are addressing a “backlog of ‘check the welfare’ calls that date back to Friday night.”
Gramaglia said, “tragically, yes,” when asked if he thought the death toll would increase. He said there had been 28 storm-related fatalities that are confirmed. Additionally, there have been about a dozen deaths that have been deemed natural.
He said they’re still sorting through many of the ‘check the welfare’ calls, which is when they discover some people who have passed away in their dark, unlit homes. He said there are very high snow drifts and a substantial amount of snow, and they are confident that they will find more people as the snow starts to melt.
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul said of the area near Buffalo: “It is like going to a war zone, and the vehicles along the sides of the roads are shocking.”
She said Mother Nature has been attacking with everything she has.
President Biden promised to support the state with “the full force of the federal government.”
Buffalo has experienced some shoplifting, and to combat the issue, police have formed a specialized anti-looting unit and made eight arrests.
Gramaglia said during a press conference on Tuesday that this isn’t people stealing food, medicine, or diapers. Stores are being destroyed. “They rob anything they can get their hands on, including couches and televisions. They seize opportunities,” he said.
On Monday, a video of a man telling alleged shoplifters to “put everything back” garnered over 93,000 views on TikTok.
The military police and their civilian counterparts continue to enforce a driving ban throughout the city.
At least 62 deaths from the extreme weather are confirmed across the United States, and as rescue operations ramp up under milder conditions, the number is expected to rise.