Due to the incoming nor’easter that is expected to move through the region Friday and Saturday, 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.
“With a pretty significant amount of snow on the way, our crews have been preparing equipment and monitoring the forecast to make sure they’re ready to clear the snow and treat the roadways” Commissioner Al Dyer, liaison to the DPW. “Salt trucks have been loaded up, the plows are good to go and our tree removal equipment is in working order to address any downed branches and debris.”
Steady snow will build this evening and begin to accumulate, particularly after sunset as temps fall below freezing. The heaviest snowfall will become likely just after midnight and continues at times through mid-late morning leading to reduced visibilities. Given the long duration of high snowfall rates are projected to land at around 6 to 10 inches. High winds will lead to significant blowing and drifting throughout the event and into Saturday night but will lessen Sunday morning.
“Unless you absolutely have to drive, everyone should be staying home and off the roads. Those who must drive should be prepared to encounter slick road conditions and limited visibility at times due to the heavy snowfall and high winds. As our crews head out to treat 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 roadways.”
At the public works complex in Lindenwold, more than 100 pieces of equipment are available to keep county roadways passable. When the weather becomes treacherous, personnel will be dispatched to 12 winter maintenance districts to salt and plow 1,200 lane miles of roadways across Camden County. The county’s response plan calls for crews to be dispatched only to the zones where they are needed.
In the event 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.
Continue to check www.camdencounty.com through the storm for weather and road condition updates. Information will also be provided through Facebook and Twitter.