Police & Fire

Sparta Declares State of Emergency

 Sparta Mayor Molly Whilesmith speaks to WABC Eywitness News Ch #7 reporter Toni Yates as the mayor announce Sparta Towsnhip's Emergency Proclamtion. Credits: Photo Courtesy of the Sparta Township Police Department
 Even in bad weather, you have to obey traffic signs as this operator failed to do.  Sgt. Jeffrey Mase attempts to assist this motorist after he attempted to cross a snow covered median on Rte. 15. Credits: Photo courtesy of the Sparta Police Department
More than a foot of snow covers what is the off ramp of Rte. 15 south onto Rte. 181.  Road crews are battling to keep up with the fast falling snow that covers as quickly as it is removed. Credits: Photo courtesy of the Sparta Twp. Police Department
 Secondary Roads like Wallkill Road in the Lake Mohawk section of Sparta has all but disapeared as snow continues to fall.  Credits: Photo courtesy of Sparta Twp. Police Department
 Copy of the Sparta Township Emergency Proclamation  Credits: Photo courtesy of the Sparta Twp. Police Department

SPARTA, NJ-Sparta Township along with the rest of the region continues to get buried under the latest Nor’easter. More than 12” of snow already has already added to the foot of snow on the ground from the previous two storms in the last week and it is not over yet.

State and local road crews are battling to keep main roads passable for emergency vehicles. Most secondary roads have all but disappeared under the continuous snow fall.  At 9:00 a.m. this morning, Sparta Township Mayor, Molly Whilesmith and Police Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Ernest Reigstad have signed an Emergency Proclamation for all of Sparta Township. This order is in addition to Governor Chris Christie’s declaration that New Jersey is in a “State of Emergency.”

Conditions are extremely dangerous. Only emergency vehicles or those individuals who are responding to emergency related jobs are permitted to operate vehicles on township roads at this time. This directive remains in effect until the emergency has been lifted.

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As of this time there are no power outages reported in Sparta. If the situation presents itself, the Municipal Building has been designated as a “GO 2 Center” where citizens can recharge their electronic devices and warm-up.  Those individuals or families needing shelter are to contact the Sparta Township Police Department on the non emergency line at (973) 729-6121 for additional information.  If you are in distress and need assistance please call 9-1-1.

There is a forecasted lull in the storm projected within the next several hours and then additional significant snowfall is expected. The Emergency Proclamation remains in effect until further notice.  

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