WESTFIELD, NJ — Town officials are calling the blizzard that hit Westfield with surprising force this weekend an “historic” storm. Here, some of the numbers that illustrate its impact:
35 — Number of hours public works employees worked straight during and after the storm, according to Mayor Andy Skibitsky.
16 — Number of calls the Westfield Fire Department went out on in a 24-hour period, according to Fire Chief David Kelly: Two car fires, three medical assists, one gas leak, one downed wire, five automatic alarms, three public assists and one roof collapse.
2 — Approximate feet of snow that fell on Westfield during the blizzard, according to an estimate by the National Weather Service.
20,000 — Cubic yards of snow removed from the Westfield train station’s south side parking lot Tuesday, according to the Westfield Department of Public Works. The snow was hauled to the town’s conservation center.
7 — Number of times unpaid volunteers from the Westfield Rescue Squad transported patients to the hospital during the storm, according to the squad. The fire department used one of its utility trucks, outfitted with a plow, to escort the ambulances during the worst of it.
10 — Approximate number of military surplus vehicles utilized by the Westfield Police Department during the storm, including Hummers used to patrol unplowed streets and a heavy-duty tow truck that extricated stuck snow plows and front end loaders. The vehicles were acquired through a government program at no cost to the town.
1 — Days Westfield Public Schools closed due to the storm. Westfield's was one of the few school districts in the area to open for a full day on Tuesday, Mayor Skibitsky noted.