MINEOLA - Officials are warning residents to be careful while cleaning up after the blizzard due to a number of reported injuries.

According to plastic surgeon Tom Davenport, the emergency room at Winthrop University Hospital has seen 15 snowblower injuries since the blizzard hit Sunday.

Officials say a Mineola man lost two fingers trying to fix his snowblower yesterday and a Hempstead town worker got his right arm caught while loading a sand spreader at a town lot on Wantagh Avenue.

Doctors say that if anyone finds themselves in a similar position, it is important to take the dismembered parts, wrap them up and put them in a plastic bag with ice until getting to the hospital.

Officials urge residents to stay safe while digging out