GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP Community Update #3 Hurricane / Tropical Storm Sandy
Current Hazards in our Community-
Cross Keys Road Closed Between Lane of Acres and New Brooklyn Road closed due to flooding
Redwood Street off Johnson road closed due to flooding
Williamstown Road between Jarvis Road and Annapolis Drive is closed due to flooding
An American Red Cross Voluntary shelter has been established at the Camden County College, Blackwood Campus, Gymnasium, located at 311 College Drive, in Gloucester Township. This shelter is capable of handling 300 evacuees, and is pet friendly. This shelter is for voluntary evacuations, and it is recommended that you only evacuate if it is necessary. You must transport yourself to the shelter. There are NO mandatory evacuations in Gloucester Township at this time.
Additional 66 Miles of Garden State Parkway to Close in Anticipation of Hurricane Sandy Impact
Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Turnpike Authority will close the Garden State Parkway in both directions south of Interchange 129 in Woodbridge Township as of 4 p.m.
Monday. The southern portion of the Parkway, from Cape May to Interchange 63 in Stafford Township, has been closed since early this afternoon. The additional 66 miles are being closed because of deteriorating conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy. On the New Jersey Turnpike, the speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph in both directions between the Delaware Memorial Bridge and Interchange 12 in Carteret. Motorcycles and car-pulled trailers have been banned on the full-length of the Turnpike. Drivers should expect other significant closures and travel restrictions as the storm progresses. All unnecessary travel should be avoided, but drivers who must travel should check www.511.com for up-to-the-minute information on travel conditions and road closures.
Residents of Tabernacle Township are being advised that due to the weather conditions, Tuesday trash collection will not be collected tomorrow. Residents are being advised that an update will be posted tomorrow evening after 5:00PM to determine when or if Wednesday's trash schedule will be affected as well. A revised schedule will be posted as soon as information is available.
Trash collection for the week of October 29, 2012 has been discontinued until further notice. Please keep all of your trash and recyclable containers secured. Winslow Township Department of Public Works 609 567-0700 x2080
We have some updates and resources concerning the storm. Helpful links, phone numbers and storm information is available at the Storm Sandy Info page here where the Mayor will also post regular updates.
- All Collingswood Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday, October 29 & 30. - Leaf and trash pickup is cancelled for Monday and Tuesday and will be collected on your normal schedule the following week.
The Collingswood Office of Emergency Management asks that residents that live in areas prone to flooding seek shelter with friends and family. Parking is open for all residents in low areas at the Scottish Rite and LumberYard Parking garage. The Collingswood Emergency Operations center will be operational Monday morning at 8am. All non-life threatening inquiries can be made to 856-854-7447. In the event of a life threatening emergency contact 9-1-1. TheCollingswood Fire Department is also an excellent resource – follow them here.
We expect severe flooding and power outages. We advise businesses and residents to: - Please remove all cars from the street - Do not rake leaves into the street as this further clogs storm drains - Safely store fuel sources. - Secure outdoor equipment as trash containers, lawn furniture, flags, umbrellas, construction supplies. Flying debris is the major cause of damage and injury - Locate and check your flashlights, get additional batteries for them and emergency radios. Candles can be a fire hazard - Prepare for possible long power outages - Prepare for downed trees and wires - Discuss disaster plans with family - Prepare any emergency medications necessary - Stay off of the roads unless absolutely necessary - In the case of generator use, do not run inside, keep ventilated on exterior
Stay safe and follow us online for updates. Thank you.
Governor Chris Christie Announces Tuesday Closure of State Offices as a Result of Hurricane Sandy’s Weather Conditions
Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today authorized the closure of all State Offices for Tuesday, October 30, 2012 as a result of the dangerous and deteriorating weather conditions across the state associated with the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Non-essential employees should not report for their normal day shift tomorrow. Essential employees should report to work on schedule. All notifications are currently being made and coordinated by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management in an expeditious manner. Motorists are encouraged to check for current road conditions and closures at the New Jersey Department of Transportation website: www.NJ511.info.
This is a serious storm, but we are going to do what it takes to keep people safe and secure, and make sure the communities affected get the assistance they need. FEMA is working with state and local governments to respond effectively. We all owe a debt of thanks to the first responders who will be dealing with the immediate impact of the storm.
If you live in the storm's path, please listen to state and local authorities about where and how to take shelter and stay safe -- and encourage your friends and family to do the same. If you are asked to evacuate, please take that seriously.
For more information on how to prepare for this storm, visit Ready.gov.
And if you'd like to find out how to support relief efforts where they're needed most, please visit the Red Cross or your local relief organization: