Plowing, Cleanup Continues After Storm Dumps 8 Inches Of Snow On Berkeley

Garbage and recycling pickups for today cancelled, mayor says

by Patricia A. Miller

Berkeley Township Public Works employees worked all last night to clear roughly the eight inches of snow that fell, Public Works Director Steven J. Seiler said.

"We should be wrapping up here in the next three to four hours," Seiler said this morning. "I had 100 pieces out between in-house and contractors."

Although most township streets are passable, roads may still be icy because of the extreme cold.

"It's been so cold we'll be doing sanding as well," Seiler said.

All garbage and recycling pickups are cancelled for today, so public works can concentrate on plowing, sanding and salting township roads, Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said on the township's website.

The regularly scheduled Jan. 3 garbage pickup will be postponed until Jan. 4. Recycling pickups slated for today will be picked up on Jan. 16, the mayor said.

"Travel will be hazardous through this afternoon with blowing and drifting snow," according to the National Weather Service website."It is possible that the combination of blowing snow and wind creates near blizzard conditions at times, mainly closer to the coastal areas."

Expect a high of 29 degrees today, with northwest winds between 22 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 39. Tonight will be bitterly cold with a low of 4 degrees and northwest winds between 7 to 17 miles per hour.

Temperatures that cold will greatly reduce the effectiveness of road salt so motorist should expect slippery road conditions well into the weekend.

Amato urged residents not to travel tonight unless absolutely necessary.

There were no power outages reported during the storm, he said.

Things begin to warm up on Saturday, with a high of 32 degrees and northwest winds between five to 11 miles per hour, gradually becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Saturday night will be mostly clear with a low of 24 degrees. Expect a high of 44 degrees on Sunday, with a chance of rain.

Mama January 03, 2014 at 12:53 PM
The roads in the Pinewald section were plowed during the night with only one sweep of the plow, not enough for 2 cars to pass at the same time. But, the township came back and did the job correctly. The roads are now blacktopped and passable. Great job Berkeley, looks like this new mayor has it under control.
Working Stiff January 03, 2014 at 02:29 PM
A Friend on East Chelsea Ave. in Ocean Gate had his shovel stolen. He had it stuck in the snow by his front porch, ran out for 15 minutes, and some POS snatched it. Reward offered: "If you aid in apprehending the looser and find the shovel you can whack them in the head with it."
Berkeley Lifer January 03, 2014 at 11:06 PM
That's cold blooded! ^^^^ Seems that there is no shortage of scumbags on the loose!
Mama January 04, 2014 at 11:50 AM
I wrote a post earlier that the roads in Berkeley were pretty good. I take that ALL BACK!! I drove on Northern Blvd, going a slow 20 mph because it was one sheet of ice, I continued to turn rightt on Grand Central which was even worse, once I got into Beachwood, the roads were all cleared, no ice, no snow, going a good 40 mph. Even South Toms River was good. So what's going on with Berkeley? If I ever got into a car accident because I slid into an oncoming car, I would sue the Township for the accident because the roads are slick. Start putting some salt down, why do I pay high taxes for? I guess Major Amato is just as bad as the previous Mayor Verano. No concern for their residents.


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