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Sand bags at the West Seneca Highway Department in West Seneca, N.Y. on Nov. 24 that were prepared for potential flooding after last week's heavy snows. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

(Bloomberg) — The risk of flooding in Buffalo and western New York is dissipating as state officials look to Washington for help recovering from last week’s storm, which dropped as much as seven feet (2.1 meters) of snow on the area.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said yesterday that residents in the Buffalo area should prepare to evacuate as spring-like temperatures mixed with rain. Today, with less precipitation than forecast and the flood threat declining, the governor said the next step is to tally the costs with a goal of meeting the minimum $27 million needed to receive federal disaster aid.

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