FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Connie Jackson, 862.253.8454 or Precious Osagie-Erese, 973-419-3689
City of East Orange Issues Winter Weather Advisory for Thursday- Monday; Urges Residents to Exercise Caution and Adhere to All No Parking Rules
East Orange, NJ, January 17, 2019: The City of East Orange has issued a winter weather and parking advisory for Thursday through Monday. According to the latest National Weather Service forecast, a wintry mix of light snow and rain, along with freezing temperatures, is expected in the East Orange area beginning Thursday evening and continuing throughout the weekend. City officials are encouraging residents to exercise extreme caution when traveling and to adhere to all snow parking regulations.
**Reverse 9-1-1 calls from both the City of East Orange and the East Orange Board of Education will provide updates on school closings and emergency alerts. Please check your messages.**
“Although our area is not expected to receive a large amount of snow, we are proactively preparing for the worst case scenario so we can best handle whatever weather comes our way,” said Mayor Ted R. Green. “We also ask residents to be sure to check on our elderly and disabled residents to assist them in any way you can.”
Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible.
Try to keep your vehicle’s gas tank as full as possible.
Park cars in private driveways or secure them on off-street lots.
Share driveway space or garage with neighbors
If you must venture out, car pool or use mass transit
Equip vehicles with snow tires or chains
Be aware of parking restrictions when road is snow covered
Shovel snow onto your own property
Shovel snow away from fire hydrants near your property
DO NOT shovel snow into the street
DO NOT park on the street, if possible
DO NOT shovel snow on top of fire hydrants
DO NOT shovel snow onto storm sewers
A Code Blue Weather Emergency notice is issued when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. No one who is homeless or seeking shelter during a Code Blue will be denied. During Code Blue Weather emergencies, outreach workers will connect homeless residents with resources available for immediate shelter. If you see someone who needs shelter, please call 973.266.5000.
Parking and Snow Removal
All snow emergency parking rules are in effect. Motorists should adhere to all NO PARKING signs on county and city roads. **Overnight parking rules will be strictly enforced.**
As the storm progresses, residents are asked NOT to shovel snow into the street. Residents and business owners are encouraged to remove snow from fire hydrants located in front of their residences or businesses. Plowing will begin when snow depths reach two inches and freezing temperatures indicate no melting.
NOTE: The only way to avoid additional snow removal is to wait until DPW work crews have completed their final clean-up of your road.
Most streets will require three or four passes
Some streets may require as few as two passes, or, as many as five passes
Essex County Public Works has designated workers to ensure that all county roadways are accessible for vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
The following East Orange streets are Essex County Roads:
- South Orange Ave
- Central Avenue
- Park Avenue
- North/South Grove St
- Sanford Street
The City of East Orange does not provide snow removal services to private property – residential or commercial.
Important Telephone Numbers
- East Orange Public Works Department
- East Orange Police Department
- East Orange Fire Department
- East Orange Office of Emergency Management
- Emergency PSE&G
- East Orange Property Maintenance/No Heat Hotline
- New Jersey Transit
- Sewer & Water Emergency