(Lindenwold, NJ) – At approximately 6:30 a.m. a severe weather system with strong wind gusts came through Camden County knocking down trees and creating damage to homeowners. Camden County Public Works and Parks Department crews have been out since the end of the storm clearing roadways and making the streets passable for residents. In addition, the Camden County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has had personnel on the ground with local officials doing damage assessments.
“At this time, we’ve had some trees come down across roadways, on top of homes and cars, but based on our assessment know one seems to have been hurt,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the Camden County Office of Emergency Management. “Right now our OEM has personnel on the ground working with municipal officials to assess the total damage in the area. The worst of this storm seemed to be localized to the northern end of the county effecting Collingswood and Haddon Township.”
The public works department has been on the job since 7 a.m. as crews started removing trees from Atco Avenue in Waterford and are currently working on trees across county roads adjacent to Newton Lake in Collingswood on both Lakeshore Drive and Bettlewood Avenue. Prior to the department being able to remove all trees the power utility, PSE&G, as is the case in Collingwood, needs to shut off and confirm power has been cut to the lines that are entangled amongst the fallen debris to ensure the safety of our tree crews.
“Crews are working as quickly as possible to get trees cleared,” said Freeholder Susan Shin-Angulo, liaison to the county Department of Public Works. “The department has been diligently working since the early morning clearing debris from county roadways and right of ways. As long as the power utility clears crews to work in a timely manner we should have all county streets open by early afternoon.”
Parks Department crews are surveying damage from the storm throughout the county’s extensive park system. Right now work is being done at Cooper River, Newton Lake and Haddon Lake Park to ensure walking paths are clear and potential hazards created by the storm are removed.
The Camden County Department of Public Works is responsible for maintaining 1,800 lane miles of county roadway, 50 bridges and hundreds of miles of storm drain infrastructure. They are dedicated to making our area safer for motorists and pedestrians through county highway construction projects and road maintenance, including pothole repairs, street sweeping, grass cutting and storm drain maintenance. The department is in Lindenwold where personnel are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve the residents of Camden County. To report concerns on Camden County roadways, call (856) 566-2980 or visit www.camdencounty.com.