(Lindenwold, NJ) – As snow is falling across the region, the Camden County Department of Public Works (CCDPW) is working to keep 1,200 lane miles of roadways passable.
“Today’s nor’easter is the first big storm of the year to bring snow, sleet and rain to our area. Motorists should be prepared for slick road conditions this afternoon,” said Freeholder Al Dyer, liaison to CCDPW. “The snowfall is expected to become moderate to heavy through sunset before changing over to sleet tonight. With temperatures holding around the freezing point, icy roadways will continue to be a concern through Thursday morning.”
More than 100 pieces of equipment and 100 employees have been deployed from the Public Works complex in Lindenwold to Camden County’s 12 winter maintenance districts. The county’s response plan calls for crews to be dispatched only to the zones where they are needed.
“At this point this is the first real accumulation of snow the county has experienced in 654 days. During this winter weather event, if you can, please avoid being out on the roads during the storm to give our crews the ability to do their job. If you must be on the road, please be cautious and leave at leave six car lengths behind our CCDPW vehicles,” Dyer said. “Please move any cars off the street and into a driveway and remember that it is illegal in New Jersey to plow or shovel snow from private property into roadways.”
The Camden County Library System has canceled today’s evening hours for no-contact pickup. Camden County College is offering all courses and services online for the remainder of the day. Based on COVID-19 restrictions the senior citizen snow removal program is not in operation this year.
In the event that the weather causes downed trees and isolated power outages, please remember to immediately call your utility company so they can identify the location and coordinate crews to restore your power. Any storm has the potential to bring down trees and power lines, so 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)
- PSEG 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 DPW.
“Besides snow removal the team at DPW is also prepared to clear any trees that may fall during this winter weather event,” Dyer continued. “All chainsaws and chippers have been prepared for use and stand at the ready to ensure county roads stay clear.”
Continue to check www.camdencounty.com through the storm for weather and road condition updates. Information will also be provided through Facebook and Twitter.