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Orchard Park, New York
January 1999

In January 1999, we got the worst snowstorm I've seen since my twelve years living in Buffalo. Rivaling even the infamous Blizzard of '77, this year's snowstorm dumped over 4 feet of snow on us in a few days.

Needless to say, after being stuck inside for several weeks, we were aching to stretch our muscles when the temperature one day shot up to 60 degrees. We had to make it quick, though, as the high temperatures promised severe flooding. As most trails threatened to drown Sadie in 4+feet of snow, we headed to Chestnut Ridge Park to walk along the roads.

Our walk was, indeed, a quick one, as we saw several feet of snow melt away in less than an hour. The creek became swollen and soon spilled torrents of water over the roads.

Photos by Jennifer and Karl Weir, 1/99.

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Visit the Eternal Flame Falls at Shale Creek Preserve, just down the street from Chestnut Ridge Park!

Chestnut Ridge Park

6121 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Orchard Park NY, 14127. Phone: 716-662-3290
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creek at Chestnut Ridge Park

Karl and Sadie hiking in Chestnut Ridge Park

swollen creek at Chestnut Ridge Park

flood waters at Chestnut Ridge Park