February 13, 2014 at 3:49 AM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Residents are buying up rock salt for their sidewalks and driveways to combat recent snow and ice have caused stores in the area to run low. Berkeley Hardware and Paint has been working around the clock fielding calls and finding inventory. Just in time for the impending snowstorm, their shipment arrived Wednesday evening.
"Salt has been a big issue in town with the horrible weather," said Township Administrator Linda Cavanaugh. "We have gone through a tremendous amount of salt. We have 1,020 tons on order, coming in by the end of the month." The DPW will supplement the salt with sand to extend the use.
A State of Emergency was issued earlier on Wednesday. The NJ.gov website noted, "With severe winter weather expected to arrive in New Jersey tonight," Governor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to continue coordinating all preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Governor Christie also announced the closing of state offices on Thursday, February 13th for all non-essential employees.
“This winter storm is expected to arrive tonight and last through early Friday morning, and the heavy snow will create hazardous travel conditions across the state,” said Gov. Christie. “I’ve authorized state officials to continue all necessary actions, and my Administration will monitor conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”
This storm is expected to continue into Friday morning, bringing heavy snow, freezing temperatures and mixed precipitation, as well as dangerous and icy conditions that will affect travel throughout the state for several days. A potential mixture of fallen trees, power outages and flooding is anticipated.