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Warren Residents Cautioned About Roads, Emergency Preparations

Department of Public works out clearing roads on Wednesday.

There was plenty of shoveling out to do in northern Somerset County on Wednesday morning. By Linda Sadlouskos
There was plenty of shoveling out to do in northern Somerset County on Wednesday morning. By Linda Sadlouskos

Warrenville Road and Washington Avenue heading down to Route 22 again are open, the Warren Township office of emergency management reported mid-morning on Wednesday, but residents still were being urged to use extreme caution and avoid traveling where possible on Wednesday.

"Since it is only about eight degrees, all roads could be slippery and covered with black ice," said Jane Asch, the township's Emergency Management coordinator. 

With harsh wind chill factors, roads also could be affected by drifting snow, she had cautioned earlier. Warrenville Road and Washington Avenue going down the hill to Route 22 had been closed earlier in the morning, and Morning Glory Road had been covered with black ice.

Those heading out of town were advised that the best route to Route 22 was along Mountain Boulevard to the Watchung circle.

The Warren Township Department of Public Works has been continuing to clear the roads on Wednesday morning, Asch said. "The main arteries are first cleared, but if your road has not been plowed, please have patience," she said.

Those with a fire hydrant near their residence or business are being asked by the fire departments to clear the area around the hydrant in case of an emergency, she said.

Residents also are being asked to clear the area around your mailbox to help out the mail delivery workers.

Asch said that anyone who experiences a power outage should contact their service provider (PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734; Jersey Central Power & Light: 1-888-544-4877). 

Residents are asked to not contact the police department unless an emergency exists as a result of the power loss, she said.

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