Somerset County

Hillsborough Prepares for Snow Emergency

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Township officials met Monday to make preparations for the expected storm. Credits: courtesy Hillsborough Township
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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The township is girding for a powerful blizzard expected to dump upwards of 24 inches of snow across New Jersey beginning Monday night through Tuesday.

The township's Office of Emergency Management met earlier on Monday, with representatives of police, fire and first aid represented along with the township Dept. of Public Works and other agencies.

Tuesday night's Township Committee meeting and Municipal Court were postponed; township offices and township schools are also closed.

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Raritan Valley Community College is also closed Tuesday.

Emergency crews from PSE&G and JCP&L are also standing by to contend with downed trees and power lines. 

Residents are reminded to remove all vehicles from the streets to enable plows and emergency vehicles to get through. Those with fire hydrants in front of their homes are also asked to clear snow from around the hydrants.

Vehicles are subject to summonses and the potential of being towed at the owner's expense.

Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the street or highway an emergency shall exist, and no vehicle shall be parked on either side of any of the streets or parts thereof as described in Schedule XVI (§ 143-45) of the Township Code.

The above parking prohibitions shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic.

Police Chief Darren Powell remindsl residents New Jersey law requiires all snow and ice to be cleared from a vehicle before operating on the roadway.  The purpose is to avoid flying ice and snow, which can damage other vehicles and potentially create visibility problems for other drivers.  

Snow should not be shoveled, thrown nor deposited in the roadway from sidewalks and driveways, as per Township Code Chapter 197-2.  When clearing sidewalks and driveways, please pile snow on the side of the driveway and do not throw it in the street.

The following Somerset County services and programs will be curtailed:
 
The following Senior Centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services will be closed Tuesday, March 14, in anticipation of Winter Storm Stella: Hillsborough, Montgomery, Quail Brook, Warrenbrook and the Senior Wellness Centers in Bernards and Bridgewater.
 
There will be NO Meals on Wheels deliveries on March 14.   Clients are asked to use the non-perishable meals sent out earlier in the season. If clients do not have frozen meals, or if they have lost power, they can use Heater Meals, shelf-stable meals that come in an orange box.  Directions for heating are on the box. Heater Meals are NOT intended for use in a microwave oven.
 
The Office on Aging and Disability Services, located at 27 Warren St. in Somerville, will be closed to walk-ins for the safety of patrons.  Clients and caregivers needing information or assistance may call 908-704-6346 or toll free 1-888-747-1122. 
 
The Office of Veterans Services, also located at 27 Warren St., will be closed to walk-ins as well.  For information related to veterans' services, call Peter Niemiec at 908-704-6357.
 
The Intoxicated Driver Resource Center class that was scheduled from 4 to 10 p.m. on March 13 and March 14 has been cancelled. Call (908) 704-6304 for more information.
 
ALL Somerset County Transportation services will be cancelled on March 14. For more information, contact the county Transportation Division at (908) 231-7116 or 1-800-246-0527, or via email: TransportationDiv@co.somerset.nj.us.
 
For more information about senior services and programs, contact the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services at (908) 704-6346or toll-free at 1-888-747-1122.
 
Public Service Electric and Gas Company, New Jersey's largest electric and gas utility, is  prepared for the storm.
 
"The amount of snow and high winds associated with this storm may bring down trees and power lines," said John Latka, senior vice president of electric and gas operations for PSE&G.  "We take every storm with the potential for outages seriously, and have additional personnel scheduled and on standby, with auxiliary equipment at the ready."
 
The utility also has extra personnel on hand to respond as quickly as possible and handle emergency requests. Both PSE&G's appliance service business and call centers are prepared to respond to customer "no heat" calls as temperatures remain low during the next several days.
 
 
Jersey Central Power & Light  has completed storm restoration preparations in the event of outages. The company has additional line, substation, forestry and hazard responder crews available. Updates and additional information will be provided as the storm moves into the JCP&L service area.
 
Customers are reminded to stay away from any downed wires and report any downed wires to JCP&L or local police or fire departments.  To report outages customers may call 1-888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877), or go to www.jcp-l.com.
 
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Winter Storm Reminders
  • In the event you experience a loss of power, please contact your power company directly and report the outage.  Do not assume that the outage has already been reported.  JCP&L: 888-544-4877 and PSE&G 800-436-7734.  
  • Do not touch or attempt to move downed lines.
  • Do not operate generators inside your residence or your garage; use only outdoors.
  • If you are using candles, please ensure they are not placed by any flammable material and remain attended while lit.  Please extinguish candles when leaving a room.
  • If using space heaters, ensure they are placed in a safe location away from flammable materials and walls.
  • 911 is for Emergency use only.  Non emergencies, please call 908-369-4323.
  • On street parking is prohibited during the storm.
  • All residents are encouraged to remain at home, but if you need to venture out, please allow extra travel time to allow for safe arrival at your destination.
  • Do not place trash cans or recycling cans out until the plows have passed.  If you must put them out, place them well back from the curb line so the plows or projected snow does not hit them.  Remove empty cans as soon as possible.
For safety sake, please keep all children away from streets and out of the way of snow plows. The drivers of such trucks sit high and it should not be assumed that they will see a child playing in or near the street.
 

 

Individual property owners are responsible for their driveways and sidewalks.

 
During plow-able snow events, some snow from the roadway will inevitably end up in your driveway so, if possible, try not to shovel your driveway until your street has been completely plowed. The Public Works Department will attempt to clear the center of the street first, then each side.  

When shoveling your driveway, do not blow or shovel the snow from your driveway or sidewalk into the street. Place snow on the left side of the driveway (as you look at the house) so that when the plow comes along, the snow is not plowed into your driveway, but rather pulled away from it.

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