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Warming trend threatens to turn epic New York snowfall into floods
Warming trend threatens to turn epic New York snowfall into floods

After a week of epic snowfall dumped as much as seven feet of snow on western New York, temperatures were climbing and state officials told residents Saturday to prepare for flooding.   Gov. Andrew Cuomo advised residents to stockpile food and flashlights, remove snow from the rooftops, and clear drains of leaves before temperatures begin to rise to a forecast 50 degrees Sunday and 60 degrees by Monday. Citing lessons learned from the sluggish response to Superstorm Sandy, Cuomo said the state has already brought in 28 swift rescue boats, 375 water pumps and 176,000 sandbags. "We are preparing for the worst as we enter phase two of this battle with Mother Nature," he...

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