Camden County preparing for approaching winter storm

The Camden County Department of Public Works has more than 100 pieces of equipment ready to clear roadways over the next couple days.

The Camden County Department of Public Works and Office of Emergency Management are ready to respond to an approaching snow storm that could deliver a foot of snow to Cherry Hill and the surrounding region.

“Winter storm Stella has the potential to deliver between 10 and 15 inches of snow to our area before clearing out tomorrow. Our crews will be out well in advance of the first snowflake treating roadways throughout the county” said Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works. “This is an all hands on deck weather event for the department and all personnel will be on the job.”

The county has more than 100 pieces of equipment ready to keep county roads passable. If weather becomes treacherous, personnel will be dispatched to 12 winter maintenance districts to salt and plow about 1,400 miles of county roadways. The county’s response plan calls for crews to be dispatched only to the zones where they are needed.

“Our county crews will be on the job to address any and all situations that may arise,” Shin Angulo said. “Our equipment is prepped, our trucks are loaded and our Public Works employees will be on the job to keep roadways clear, but we need everyone to remain extra cautious behind the wheel based on a messy forecast. As always when we get significant, fast accumulation during rush hour, public transportation is always a good commuting option to stay off the roads and allow our crews to work.”

The storm could also cause isolated power outages. Residents should contact their utility company in the event of a power outage so the location can be identified and power can be restored.

Residents should only call 911 for emergencies. If there is a problem on a county road, call Camden County’s 24-hour hotline at (856) 566–2980 to report the issue.