Though the snow has subsided, some Madison residents are still experiencing the wrath of Winter Storm Quinn. The borough is currently “facing immediate challenges” with the “extensive” post-nor’easter cleanup, according to a statement issued Thursday evening by Mayor Bob Conley.
Members of the electric utility and public works departments worked through the night on Wednesday and early Thursday morning to restore power throughout the borough and to remove downed trees that blocked roadways, Conley said.
Crews “will be working extra hours until everyone’s power is restored,” Conley said in his statement. DPW workers will continue plowing “to widen our roads and clear our downtown,” the statement said, and all snow in the downtown district “will be removed as soon as possible.”
There is “a high probability” that a delayed opening on Friday will be announced for all Madison public schools, Conley said, as the borough works with the Board of Education “so that the areas around the schools are ready for students tomorrow.”
In his statement, Conley thanked residents for staying off roads—and scolded those who did not—while the storm hit. He also expressed his gratitude to those who helped neighbors in need as the town dug itself out from underneath another nor’easter:
“I want to thank all the residents who heeded the warnings and got off the roads before the storm hit. This storm was a good reminder of the importance of respecting these warnings. It started slowly but when it hit, it intensified quickly. You have probably heard the reports of motorists stranded on Routes 24 and 287; we also had some stranded in Madison. Those who ignored the warnings put themselves and others in danger while also hampering the recovery effort. This is a good lesson to us all for future storms.
“I want to thank those who shoveled out a neighbor in need or loaned a generator to a friend without power. Madison always steps up in times like this and we saw another great example of our sense of community.”
Though the worst of the storm has passed, Conley said residents can still contribute to the relief effort.
Here are a few of his suggestions:
- Many trees have been stressed with two storms in six days. The heavy snow dropped in this latest storm is still sitting on branches causing them to come down with little notice. Please keep this in mind and use extra caution in the coming days.
- Please make sure to remove all snow and ice from the roof, hood, etc. of your vehicles. This is the law in New jersey and it is very dangerous to drive with snow that may slide over your windshield or fly off and hit the car behind you.
- Please clear any fire hydrants along your property. This will save precious time in the event of a fire.
- We ask that you try to avoid on the street parking. Due to the high amount of snow, street width has been greatly reduced; parked cars could make it difficult for emergency vehicles to get by. Also the DPW will be working to widen the streets. This process will proceed much quicker without vehicles in the way.
- Please make sure that those in your neighborhoods who may need extra assistance, the elderly and infirm, are okay. They may need help with snow removal or essential errands.
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