Akwesasne firefighters helping in Buffalo

A New York State trooper meets a wall of snow on the NYS Thruway during the Buffalo snowstorm on Nov. 18, 2014. (Photo courtesy @nyspolice)

HOGANSBURG, New York – A couple of firefighters from Akwesasne have headed to Buffalo to help dig out.

The Western New York city and several surrounding counties are under a state of emergency after the area received almost two meters (six feet) of lake effect snow.

The two firefighters from the Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department are part of a team of first responders from Franklin County and another team from Saranac Lake.

Two other North Country volunteer fire departments are also helping out, bringing various pieces of equipment to help snowbound Buffalo.

Hogansburg-Akwesasne Fire Chief Derek Comins told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican their men went with a pickup and two snowmobiles around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency as the region continues to be hammered with snow, with the possibility of another two feet by Friday.

The U.S. National Guard has also been called in.

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