JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Chautauqua County’s Executive is monitoring the winter weather, getting ready to respond to what could be a record breaking storm across our region.
While Executive PJ Wendel is concerned about this weekend’s wild winter forecast, he tells us he’s confident local road crews will be ready to respond, even with the holiday weekend.
“Not to be overconfident but, our teams are ready, bring it on,“ stated Executive Wendel. “A once in a lifetime storm happening during my administration would be par for the course. But, our men and women from the county DPW are out. I know we talk about pretreating roads, getting salt down ahead of the storm, before the ice starts to form. That’s really by the sounds of it where this is going to go. It’s going to be some heavy ice precipitation starting tomorrow, and then moving into snow as the weekend progresses, but hats off to all of our men and women that are out there driving plows, our police officers, law enforcement agencies, EMS, and fire their business doesn’t stop for them, especially on holidays.
While many might brave the storm to see friends and family this Holiday, the local leader wants everyone to remember: safety first.
“We just ask everybody, as the weather gets worse just be safe and please be aware of where you’re driving, and how you’re driving,” explained Executive Wendel.
Another concern for the County Executive is Jamestown’s rising homelessness population.
Right now, the county is working with other municipalities and the state to create more temporary “Code Blue” shelters to provide a warm place for those who need it.
Many Chautauqua County Government offices will be closing early on December 23 in anticipation of the winter storm.