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Essential personnel only on the roads until 6 a.m.

What was forecast as a storm with very little accumulation of snow in the town has developed into several inches falling on the ground and the roads being hazardous for drivers. 

With efforts still continuing from the cleanup of Hurricane Sandy, the township has ordered all drivers off the road following the declaration of a local state of emergency and a travel ban until 6 a.m. Thursday morning. Howell Township Manager Helene Schlegel made the announcement in a phone message sent to residents."

In an email, Schlegel said the town was working to clear the roads from the storm at a time when they are still cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy. "The township is attempting to address the issues of the latest storm and accompanying snow fall," an email from Township Manager Helene Schlegel said. "We ask residents to please understand and have patience due to the fact that the Township has limited resources available during the current situation."

Schlegel said sources of "outside assistance," that would normally help the township with snow removal "have been dedicated to the areas devastated by last week's storm."

The first snow of the year has brought what Schlegel described "treacherous road conditions including downed trees and power lines." Anyone who experiences a power outage is encouraged to call JCP&L at 1-888-544-4877. 

ray November 08, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Great now we have to be out of power also
Moms Thoughts November 08, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Actually the exact sentence was "The normal compliment of outside assistance is not available as they have been dedicated to the areas devastated by last week's storm." She doesn't specify if that compliment of outside assistance has to do with snow removal! It is the most bizarre wording I have seen in a long time. She is trying to say something without saying something. Do we have a NORMAL COMPLIMENT OF OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE? WHAT THE HELL IS THAT??? Does she mean she lent all our plows to Belmar to move sand maybe???? Or does it mean the power workers from other states aren't available to fix downed wires??? This sort of deliberately obtuse email is absolutely infuriating.
Moms Thoughts November 08, 2012 at 02:12 AM
This is the entire email. Please try to decode it. I dare you! Dear Residents, The Township is attempting to address the issues of the latest storm and accompanying snow fall. We ask residents to please understand and have patience due to the fact that the Township has limited resources available to address the current situation. The normal compliment of outside assistance is not available as they have been dedicated to the areas devastated by last week's storm. Please use extreme caution when traveling due to the possibility of treacherous road conditions including downed trees and power lines. Loss of power should be reported immediately to JCPL at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). As always, avoid any downed wires. You are urged to avoid any unnecessary travel.
Alicia November 08, 2012 at 06:09 AM
I was thinking the same thing when I read it.
Claudia November 08, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Several inches? Adam try 10 inches and complete loss of power AGAIN for residents in Windmill Club town home community. Trees bent to the ground under the weight of heavy wet snow, and did I already mention NO POWER!
George Krebs November 08, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I understand it completely. I also understand that these folks are doing the best they can under extreme circumstances.
BettyB November 08, 2012 at 02:42 PM
The main roads in Howell are ok, there is power between Aldrich and lanes mill, maybe further north but I am not sure. If your street is ok you will be fine if you need to go out.

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