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Sparta Declares State of Emergency

Sgt. John-Paul Beebe

Thursday, February 13, 2014 • 3:12pm

SPARTA, NJ-Sparta Township along with the rest of the region continues to get buried under the latest Nor’easter. More than 12” of snow already has already added to the foot of snow on the ground from the previous two storms in the last week and it is not over yet.

State and local road crews are battling to keep main roads passable for emergency vehicles. Most secondary roads have all but disappeared under the continuous snow fall.  At 9:00 a.m. this morning, Sparta Township Mayor, Molly Whilesmith and Police Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Ernest Reigstad have signed an Emergency Proclamation for all of Sparta Township. This order is in addition to Governor Chris Christie’s declaration that New Jersey is in a “State of Emergency.”

Conditions are extremely dangerous. Only emergency vehicles or those individuals who are responding to emergency related jobs are permitted to operate vehicles on township roads at this time. This directive remains in effect until the emergency has been lifted.

As of this time there are no power outages reported in Sparta. If the situation presents itself, the Municipal Building has been designated as a “GO 2 Center” where citizens can recharge their electronic devices and warm-up.  Those individuals or families needing shelter are to contact the Sparta Township Police Department on the non emergency line at (973) 729-6121 for additional information.  If you are in distress and need assistance please call 9-1-1.

There is a forecasted lull in the storm projected within the next several hours and then additional significant snowfall is expected. The Emergency Proclamation remains in effect until further notice.  

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