Winter Storm Stella Updates: County offices closed – DPW crews still on the job

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Due to the inclement weather, Camden County offices are closed today.  Camden County College has canceled classes and activities at all locations today. All branches of the Camden County Library System are closed today. Please monitor the county’s website and Facebook page for updates.

“We are asking everyone to please stay off of the roads. The storm has caused treacherous driving conditions across the county. If you must commute, remember that public transportation will be your best bet,” said Susan Shin Angulo, liaison to the Camden County DPW. “Camden County will continue with our operations throughout the day to keep roads passable.”

While we can’t rule out a few minor pockets of snow and/or sleet mixing back in from time to today, for the most part the remainder of precipitation will fall as rain with a few pockets of freezing rain in colder spots. The colder air arriving on the tail of the system will allow for sleet to be the primary precipitation type across most of the county. Precipitation should lighten in the afternoon, but not before a quick 1 to 2 inches of steady sleet falls before 4 p.m. Winds remain strong with gusts up to 45 miles per hour, which can lead to a few downed trees and wires.

“The Camden County Emergency Operations Center has received reports of downed trees and over 1,000 power outages due to the storm,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the Camden County Office of Emergency Management. “The sleet and high winds associated with this storm has the potential to bring down trees and power lines. Please report any outages you experience to your utility company.”

In the event that 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.  Residents need to be extra cognizant of any power failures. Below are numbers and contact info for the two power providers in Camden County:

Since the storm began, 90 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.

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. 

Continue to check through the storm for weather and road condition updates.  Information will also be provided through Facebook and Twitter.