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County Emergency Crews Continue Clearing Roadways as Temperatures Drop

The temperature is expected to drop into the negative single digits Friday night.

Camden County Emergency Management crews are working to clear the county roadways of snow, even as temperatures plummet to below freezing.

Crews are working to clear 400 miles of roadway between the Pine Barrens and the Delaware River. The snow has stopped and the Winter Storm Warning has passed, but extreme cold is setting in and temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until Sunday.

“County personnel continue to move snow off the roadways and fight a heavy wind creating some snow displacement challenges. Our drivers have gone above and beyond to clear the streets and make sure Camden County is not left in a deep freeze,” Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works said in a prepared statement. “Our operation has been on the road since last night and the department continues to do an admirable job despite frigid conditions.”

Crews were dispatched to 12 winter maintenance districts o apply salt and plow the roadways due to the severity of Thursday night’s storm that dumped just over eight inches of snow in certain areas of the county.

“Even now we are recommending that motorists remain cautious and give themselves extra time to reach their destinations,” Leonard said.  “In fact, we are asking residents that if they don’t need to be on the road to stay off it and please move any cars off the street while we continue our plowing operations.”

Winds are gusting out of the northwest, causing snow to return to areas that were previously cleared, Leonard said. The wind is expected to subside Friday night as temperatures drop into the negative single digits. Freezing rain may hit the area on Sunday.

The night winds may result in power outages. In that event, residents should call their utility company for service. Numbers are as follows:

·  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/

Residents who see problems on county roads should call 856-566-2980 to report it to the Camden County Department of Public Works. 

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

 

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