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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A giant rubber duck created a traffic jam at the Erie Basin Marina over the weekend.
Frustrated drivers called the News 4 newsroom to complain about the slow-moving back up.
The trouble started Saturday. Several drivers told News 4 traffic came to a standstill and it took them nearly four hours to move just ten feet.
Security officials at the marina responded to the complaints. They agreed traffic was a big issue Saturday night. They told a News 4 reporter it was the worst they’ve seen in the past 13 years.
Several events were happening at the time. 50,000 people traveled to the waterfront to get a glimpse of the world’s largest rubber duck. Thousands of others also traveled downtown for the Maritime Festival and the Kanye West concert.
Traffic was still a nightmare Sunday. It was the last day to see the giant duck. Police blocked off several streets, which also played a role in the traffic jams.
News 4 spoke with Canalside officials Sunday. They said the chaos at the waterfront will help them learn how to plan ahead for future events.
“We are always making adjustments,” said Ryan Coate, the Canalside GM. “Adding extra security, working with Buffalo police and stake holders, but with a free event you can never have an exact number, but with a ticketed event it’s much easier to have a ticket to plan for that way, but with a free event we’re always making adjustments adding staff and security making sure people stay safe.”
Buffalo Police said as the Canalside and Erie Basin Marina grow in popularity, police will have to readjust to how they handle security and traffic.
A weak cold front sinking into the region this evening is sparking spotty, yet severe thunderstorms. While many areas remain rain-free, others can see quick torrential downpours, frequent lightning, and even some hail. Storms will fizzle out, with a generally quiet night ahead. Clouds shift from north to south with little more than an isolated shower overnight into the Southern Tier. Some patchy fog can set up in the southern valleys for Monday morning.
Overall, a quiet weather pattern is expected during the first half of next week, with continued unseasonably warm temperatures. There are some signs that somewhat more autumn-like readings could be heading our way toward the end of next week.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Spotty strong thunderstorm early, otherwise Mostly to Partly Cloudy. Some patchy valley fog overnight, Breeze calms, Wind: SW 5-10/calm, Low: 62-66.
MONDAY: Partly to Mostly Sunny, less humid. High: 78-83, Low: 61.
TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 82. Chance of a thunderstorm at night, Low: 66.
WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny, chance of a shower, High: 81, Low: 61.
THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny, not as warm High: 71, Low: 56.
FRIDAY: Mostly Sunny and noticeably cool, High: 70, Low: 51.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny, temperatures rebound High: 77, Low: 60.
SUNDAY: Sunny, High: 81, Low: 64.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Locals came to visit the world’s largest rubber duck when ‘she’ came to Buffalo for a weekend.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Police are investigating two shootings that occurred just 20 minutes apart early Sunday morning.
The first shooting happened at 2:40 a.m. at Orleans Street and Westminster Avenue. Police say a 21-year-old Buffalo man was attending a party when he was struck by gunfire in the leg. He was taken to ECMC with non-life threatening injuries.
Police responded to reports of a second shooting at 3:00 a.m. in the 300 block of Warwick Avenue. Police say a 25-year-old man was shot multiple times. Detectives who responded to the scene believe the victim walked to Warwick Avenue after being shot. Police are still trying to determine the exact location of where the shooting occurred. The victim is listed in fair condition at ECMC.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police ask witnesses to a fatal motorcycle crash to contact them.
A Buffalo man, 29, heading west on Genesee Street, crashed a motorcycle at Sherman Street, according to a police spokesman.
The man was brought to Erie County Medical Center where he died. Police have not released his name.
Accident investigators are looking for additional information from anyone who saw the crash; witnesses can call the Accident Investigation Bureau at (716) 851-4537.