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Summit Digs Out After Latest Storm, Record Winter Snowfall

The Alternative Press Staff

Friday, February 14, 2014 • 1:29pm

SUMMIT, NJ -  The most recent storm blanketed Summit in more than 14 inches of snow, as the Hilltop City has experienced a record winter snowfall that now totals 50-plus inches to date.

“Our Public Works division has done a tremendous job working around-the-clock in the difficult conditions brought on by these winter storms,” reported Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson.  “In this last storm, the first priority was to make roads safe for essential emergency vehicles so they can assist our residents as needed. Now that the storm has passed, DPW will work on widening and improving the roads.”

 “We understand that snow removal efforts have been difficult on some residents, particularly at the end of driveways,” Dickson continued. “Over the next several weeks, Public Works staff will remove snow form critical intersections to improve ‘line of sight’ for drivers. Snow removal takes time and we ask for the patience and understanding of residents and businesses as we begin the process of recovery.” 

Roads are still slick in many places around town.  While plowing continues, the Police Department asks residents to avoid all unnecessary travel, and to check on elderly or infirm neighbors that may require assistance. The Fire Department has requested for residents to clear fire hydrants to enable access in the event of an emergency, and to clear storm basins to prevent flooding caused by melting snow.

The Fire Department reports that the heavy weight of the snow is causing some roofs to sag, especially on lightweight structures such as sheds.  Residents are encouraged to contact a professional roofing contractor if they suspect the structural integrity of a roof has been compromised. The department is also receiving reports of ice damming in already full gutters, and water seeping under the shingles and leaking into homes. Exercise extreme caution and call 911 to report water in light fixtures. 

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