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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

While here in eastern Iowa we're getting ready for some freezing rain, people living in Buffalo, New York are hoping their roofs don't collapse.

Crews are working around the clock to clear the streets of the nearly seven feet of lake effect snow that pummeled the area.

For many residents, worries are now shifting to the forecast of rain in those areas as the wet snow could cause roofs to collapse.

Karen Tuecke is originally from New York and moved to the Midwest in the late 1990's.

She has family and friends who live near Buffalo, New York, and she said it's been difficult to get in contact with them.

"It's actually been really hard to get a hold of them. Primarily because they're out shoveling or they've lost power," said Tuecke.

Kadra D'Agostino is a friend Tuecke had while growing up in New York.

D'Agostino currently lives in Lancaster, New York and on Friday she was able to video chat with Tuecke.

D'Agostino told Tuecke Lancaster has received some 83 inches of snow. She said she's heard of buildings near her home that have had their roofs collapse.

"There are roofs collapsing all over the place," D'Agostino told Tuecke Friday.

D'Agostino said her husband had cleared her ranch style homes roof on Wednesday, so she is hopeful her roof will be ok.

"My husband was up there yesterday and it was chest deep," said D'Agostino.

Tuecke was also able to get in contact with a friend in West Seneca, New York.

"I got stuck away from home for 2 days," said Tuecke's friend, Jill Simko.

Simko said her biggest fears are for her safety and the coming warmer weather.

"In our house you can heard the creaking upstairs. None of us are going to sleep upstairs tonight. We're trying to get the snow off the roof, but there is just so much of it. I don't even know. There are not enough hours in the day to get the snow down," said Simko.

She said she is thankful that she lives on a hill and has a good drainage system. As in the coming days, it's supposed to get warmer, which means that snow will all melt.

"They are anticipating water main breaks and major system overloads," said Simko.

Simko said one of the most frustrating things about the snow is that her family is stuck inside.

"My husband has been going crazy, my kids are going crazy. They want to go outside, but it is just to dangerous," said Simko.

Both Simko and D'Agostino agree this is one of the worst winter storms they have seen in the New York area.

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