(Lindenwold, NJ) – Due to the nor’easter that is moving through the region, Camden County’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is working to treat streets and clear snow from the county’s 1,200 lane miles of road.
“Our crews have been working through the night to remove snow and treat the roadways,” Commissioner Al Dyer, liaison to the DPW. “The Camden County library system, the Winterfest ice rink at Cooper River Park and the Camden County College campuses are closed today due to the duration of this ongoing significant winter weather event. The college continues to operate remotely, but all parking lots will be closed.”
Steady, moderate snow will continue through this morning with the heaviest activity favoring southern portions of the county. We are looking at a gradual reduction of snow through the morning with activity coming to a complete end around noon. Windy conditions, however, will continue further blowing and drifting snow back into roadways hindering snow removal operations. By Sunday morning, winds will lessen but conditions will still be on the gusty side in the early morning hours.
“Everyone should be staying home and off the roads. Those who must drive and make necessary trips should be extremely cautious as slick road conditions and limited visibility are possible at times. As our crews are treating the roads, remember to always leave at least six car lengths behind our vehicles while they work and move any cars off the street and into a driveway,” Dyer said. “Please also remember that it’s illegal in New Jersey to plow or shovel snow from private property into public roadways.”
At the public works complex in Lindenwold, more than 100 pieces of equipment are working to keep county roadways passable. All personnel have been dispatched to 12 winter maintenance districts to salt and plow 1,200 lane miles of roadways across Camden County.
In the event, especially with this nor’easter’s wind gusts, the weather causes isolated power outages, please remember to immediately call your utility company so they can identify the location and coordinate crews to restore your power. This storm has the potential to bring down trees and power lines. Residents need to be extra cognizant of any power failures. Below are numbers and contact info for the two power providers in Camden County:
- PSE&G: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734)
- PSE&G website:http://pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/index.jsp
- Atlantic City Electric: 1-800-833-7476
- Atlantic City Electric website:http://www.atlanticcityelectric.com/home/
- South Jersey Gas: 1-800-582-7060
- South Jersey Gas website: http://southjerseygas.com/
As always, please use 911 for emergencies only. If you see a problem on a county road, please call our 24-hour hotline at (856) 566-2980 to report it to the CCDPW.
Once the snow stops falling the Camden County Office of Emergency Management will be taking calls for the recently reinstituted senior and disabled snow removal service.
This service is for Camden County residents only and does not start until the last snowflake falls.
“Now that we are in midst of the nor’easter we wanted to ensure that all of our residents, especially the elderly and disabled, can go to and from their homes safely once the storm moves out of the area,” said Commissioner Jonathan Young, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Safety. “We will start taking names the moment the storm ends and then get those residents over to the Camden County Department of Corrections for coordination.”
- The Camden County Snow Removal Program goes into effect only after 4 inches of snow has fallen on the ground in our area.
- At-risk senior and disabled residents can contact the Camden County Division of Emergency Management at (856) 783-4808 ext. 5035, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
- Calls for snow removal will not be taken until after it has stopped snowing.
- The work crews will remove snow only during daylight hours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Crews will respond to calls in the order they are received and will service as many residents as possible each day. There are no guaranteed times when the crews will arrive at a residence.
- Senior and Disabled residents must call after each substantial snowfall to request this service.
The Department of Corrections will supply the needed equipment. The program does not supply salt or ice-melting chemicals, but crews will dispense them if supplied by residents. Contact and conversation between the inmates and the public are prohibited. Gratuities and gifts or money, food, drink or any other item is strictly prohibited.
Continue to check www.camdencounty.com through the storm for weather and road condition updates. Information will also be provided through Facebook and Twitter.