The nor’easter that slammed our area on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 was a particularly difficult one for the crews who keep our streets open and accessible. The heavy, wet snow that fell on the township not only resulted in a challenge in keeping the streets clear, but took down about 60 trees throughout North Bergen.
Crews from the Department of Public Works (DPW) found themselves splitting up into snow-cleaning teams and tree-clearing teams. While the plows continued to operate to clear the snow, employees found themselves out in the height of the nor’easter cutting trees and limbs.
Fallen trees blocked streets and pulled down close to 100 overhead wires, resulting in highly dangerous conditions. Most of the worst damage occurred between about 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., with low-hanging or downed cables making streets unsafe and unpassable.
In order to create access for emergency vehicles, snowplows, and other traffic, DPW employees used power saws to cut the downed trees during the storm and move them to the side of the road.
Crews continued the job Thursday and hauled away the sawed timber. At the same time DPW and other township employees continue working to remove the snow from our streets and sidewalks and ensure the safety and security of our residents.