BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Township of Bloomfield’s Department of Public Works and Parks, Department of Recreation, Department of Health and Human Services and others met with the Mayor and administration today to create a plan for how to keep residents safe and streets plowed during the nor’easter storm expected to begin early Wednesday morning. While it is still early, forecasts indicate a possibility of 6-12 inches of accumulation.

The snow is expected to end late Wednesday evening. In addition, winds may gust at up to 40mph.

“We are operating under the assumption that this nor’easter will be a major storm, and are therefore asking all residents to get their cars off the street early tonight and stay safe in their homes. The Bloomfield Department of Public Works and Parks and the Police Department will be working tirelessly to keep residents safe, and we ask that everyone get their cars off the street to assist in that effort,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “As all Bloomfield schools will be closed tomorrow, school parking lots and the Department of Recreation and Parks will be available for individuals to park in during the storm.”

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“Due to the powerful winds and heavy and wet nature of the snow, trees and power lines will once again be at risk to come down. We will be sending 12 vehicles out starting at 4:00am, and at 7:00am we will have our full force of 28 vehicles plowing and salting the streets for the duration of the storm,” said Director of Public Works and Parks Anthony Nesto. “We will also have approximately 12 more employees shoveling sidewalks and supervising crews. Additionally, several contractors will be on call all day if their services are required.”

During the last big snowstorm, in early January, 28 DPW workers and two private plows worked on the roads in Bloomfield, and 12 DPW workers salted and shoveled sidewalks. The Township used approximately 100 tons of salts (200,000 pounds) across the 90 miles of township roads.

Normally scheduled garbage and recycling pickup are suspended for Wednesday. Garbage will be picked up on the next regularly scheduled pickup day, which is Saturday, and an alternate recycling day will be added this Saturday as well for residents who would ordinarily have theirs picked up on Wednesday. Residents with DPW and Parks related questions or service requests are encouraged to call 973-680-4127.

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