UNION, NJ - A winter storm is hitting Union, with ten to 14 inches of snow expected before it ends Thursday evening. A Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service is in effect until 6 p.m.
The storm warning predicts heavy snow, hazardous travel due to snow covered roads and poor visibilities of one quarter mile or less at times. The warning also stated that blowing and driving snow is possible. Winds may reach 15-25 mph, gusting over 30 mph in some areas.
The Union Fire Department requests that residents clear the fire hydrants closest to their home, details at https://www.tapinto.net/towns/union/sections/community-announcements/articles/residents-reminded-to-clear-fire-hydrants-of-snow
· Township of Union Municipal Offices are open.
· Township of Union Public Library is closed.
· Residents are reminded to not to park on the streets until the snow removal process has been completed.
Reminders from Elizabethtown Gas:
- Heavy snow and ice may weigh down power lines and tree limbs, causing them to fall. If a natural gas meter is damaged or underground gas line is exposed, immediately leave the area and call the 24-hour emergency response line, 800-492-4009, from a safe location.
- To ensure the safe, proper operation of natural gas appliances, such as a furnace and water heater, and to prevent a potentially hazardous buildup of carbon monoxide within your home or business, ensure that outdoor vent openings and air intakes are not obstructed by snow or ice.
- If you smell the rotten egg odor that is often associated with natural gas or suspect carbon monoxide is present, immediately leave the affected area and call the 24-hour emergency response line at 1-800-492-4009 from a safe location. Never try to identify the source of a leak yourself.
- Following a weather emergency, ensure the gas meter is visible and the area surrounding the meter is free of trash and debris. Mechanical equipment used after the storm to clean up a location may damage the meter if it is hidden.
- Exercise caution removing snow or ice from your natural gas meter assembly. Use your hands or a broom, not a shovel, to brush away snow or ice from your meter and regulator. Never kick or hit your gas meter or its piping with a hammer or any hard object to break away built-up snow or ice.
- If flooding occurs at a residence or business and the gas appliances are or have been submerged under water, do not try to operate the appliances until they have been inspected by a qualified plumber or heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professional.