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Maplewood & Essex County Announce No Non-Essential Automobile Travel After Midnight

From Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca:

On Tuesday morning [March 6, 2018], Maplewood’s Emergency Preparedness Committee met to plan for the expected snow storm. Here the information as of 1:30pm Tuesday. We will update as needed.

1) In the event of an emergency, call 911.

2) The County of Essex will declare a state of emergency at midnight tonight [Tuesday into Wednesday] and the Township will follow with its own emergency declaration. This means that non-essential automobile travel is prohibited. Additionally, no parking is permitted on snow emergency routes.

3) The Maplewood Jitneys will not operate in the morning or evening [on March 7].

4) There will be no parking at the train station. This area must be kept clear for emergency vehicles and snow removing operations.

5) There will be no overnight parking permitted throughout town. All vehicles are expected to be removed from the roadway prior to midnight. This will help ensure snow removal and safe passage for emergency vehicles.

6) The Community Center in DeHart Park will open as a heating center and shelter. The Center, 120 Burnett Avenue, will open at 6am on Wednesday and stay open as long as needed. If you lose power and need a place to work or charge your electronic devices, you can use the Center. The Center’s phone number is 973-763-5287.

7) The Department of Public Works has 21 plows and 5 salt spreaders ready for action. Streets are not plowed until there is at least 3 inches of snow.

8) If you need to use a portable generator at your home, make sure it is well ventilated and not in a garage or other closed room.

9) The school district will make its determination on opening later this evening. [THE SOUTH ORANGE-MAPLEWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL BE CLOSED ON MARCH 7, 2018.]

10) When shoveling your sidewalks and driveway, you are not allowed to throw the snow into the street.

11) Here’s information from Public Service Electric and Gas:
“Snow by itself normally doesn’t cause power outages,” said John Latka, PSE&G senior vice president of electric and gas operations. “But wind gusts and the heavy, soggy snow predicted for Wednesday could topple trees — already in a weakened state — and bring down nearby power lines with them. We also have some locations where we have made temporary repairs that won’t be permanently fixed in time for this next storm.

PSE&G will have personnel ready to respond to any outages and emergencies beginning Tuesday night. The utility is also ensuring that additional supplies, including poles, transformers and other pole-top equipment, are on hand. Employees work closely with county and municipal emergency management personnel to inform them of outages and expedite restoration efforts.

PSE&G urges its customers to be cautious during and after the storm:
Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with.
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snowblowers, in a garage or any other enclosed space.

Customers should report downed wires or power outages by calling PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. Also, customers can report outages at www.pseg.com or by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG (47734). The utility’s mobile-friendly website includes an “Outage Map” that is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location and status of power outages in PSE&G’s service area.

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