Depew is a village in Erie County and part of the greater Buffalo-Niagara region in Western New York. Depew has a population of over 15,000, borders the towns of Lancaster and Cheektowaga, and straddles the busy NY Route 78 (Transit Road) North-South thoroughfare.
Incorporated as a village in 1894, records of the first settlers to Depew date back to 1808 when the land was being surveyed by the Holland Land Company. Early settlers included fine craftsmen, laborers, farmers, and loggers who took advantage of the abundant forests.
Depew was named after a fellow named Chauncey Mitchell Depew who was president of the Hudson River and Harlem Railroad. Mr. Depew built his headquarters in the area and had the vision to transform the village into a commercial hub, taking advantage of it’s location along a major rail line that runs between New York City, Buffalo, and Chicago.
A railroad shop complex for the New York Central Railroad was built spurring additional industry, jobs, and population. When it came time to incorporate the village, residents decided to name it after the man that kickstarted its growth.
Notable residents of Depew include poet Lucille Clifton, New York State Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, B. John Tutuska the second Erie County Executive, New York State Senator Dale Volker, and Don “ Majik Man” Majkowksi a quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.
Depew, even with its inland location, is not immune to the notorious Lake effect snow that blankets the area when cold air moves over an unfrozen Lake Erie with warmer lake water. Water vapor is picked up from the lake, moved through the cold air above, and then freezes creating snowfall throughout the region with stunning results. Lake effect snowstorms continue throughout the winter until Lake Erie, the shallowest of the five Great Lakes, freezes over.
This phenomenon is well-known to residents, who must be vigilant of snowstorms and maintain a good snow management system. Any village of Depew resident can tell you where they were and what they were doing during famous snowstorms, like the Blizzard of ‘77 or the October Surprise Storm. In fact, the National Weather Service records that Depew averages around 94.7 inches of snow per winter season.
In the past 10 years, Depew has ranged from a low of 36.7 inches (the lowest on record) up to 129.9 inches of snow in one winter. And, though that seems like a lot, the highest recorded snowfall in Depew was 199.4 inches due to the Blizzard of ‘77.
Benefits of Western New York Snow Removal
Western New York Snow Removal provides reliable snow and ice management services for sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots including:
- Deicing: We use pre-treated rock salt that offers better ice formation protection even at low temperatures.
- Snowplowing: Heavy duty pickup trucks equipped with 8’ plows, snow blowers, and shovels can remove snow from any home or business.
- Sidewalks: Snow blowers and sidewalk tractors are deployed to keep sidewalks clear.
- Snow Relocation: When heavy lake effect snow strikes, we load up our dump trucks to haul it away from your property.
Depew Snow Removal for Driveways and Parking Lots
Western New York Snow Removal is well equipped to handle snow and ice removal on long suburban or narrow village driveways, large commercial and industrial parking lots, and sidewalks. We can keep your property clear during the winter season to get you safely to and from work and school.