March 2018 Post-Winter Storm Quinn Notice #4

The Township of Springfield announces the following update to the previously published Notice #3

The Township of Springfield announces new updates posted in Notice #5

The Winter Storm weather conditions have passed but lingering effects remain in Springfield.  A proclamation of local emergency was declared in Springfield effective 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 and remains in effect.  The Springfield Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation from the Emergency Operations Center and all departments are actively responding to conditions.  Municipal offices opened at 8 a.m., Thursday, March 8 and resumed normal operations to assist the community and respond to calls for service.

The roadway conditions are hazardous. There are numerous fallen trees, limbs and downed wires.  Therefore, traffic and personnel shall be restricted to essential and necessary travel only and people should remain in their homes to stay safe.  These conditions necessitated the Department of Public Works task crews to emergency tree operations in addition to snow clearing, therefore, local, minor roadways may not be sufficiently cleaned.  Snow clearing will continue but at a slower pace than usual so residents are asked to remain patient.  Public Works is unable to assist with fallen trees on private property, except for town-trees planted in the public right-of-way.

Township officials have been in close communication with Jersey Central Power & Light regarding widespread outages affecting 68% of Springfield customers.  Power outages should be reported to JCP&L.  Do not call the Township to report or inquire about outages as electricity is not within township control and calls burden public safety personnel from providing timely response to true emergencies. JCP&L crews are in Springfield actively working to restore service as quickly as possible.  As of 8 a.m., JCP&L reported 4 circuit lockouts affecting clusters of 4,291 customers.  These circuit lockouts are being worked on from the substations to restore power to the largest amount of customers as quickly as possible, however, once the circuit lockouts are resolved, they may reveal more problems along the lines that will affect smaller clusters potentially delaying restoration.  There may be prolonged outages and JCP&L has not provided restoration times for the Township.  Inquiries for restoration information should be directed to JCP&L.

Always consider any downed line to be energized. Be cautious. Electrical circuits don’t always turn off when a power line falls into a tree or onto the ground. Even if they are not sparking or humming, downed power lines can kill you if you touch them. Even the ground nearby can be energized.  Downed wires can energize other objects, including fences, water pipes, bushes and trees, buildings and phone and cable wires. Even manhole covers and reinforcement bars in pavement can become energized by downed wires. During storms, wind-blown objects such as canopies, aluminum roofs, siding, sheds, etc., can also be energized by downed wires. Do not touch, approach, or drive over downed power lines and report them immediately to 9-1-1.

  • The Chisholm Community Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 8th as a warming and charging station.
  • Recycling collection originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 has been rescheduled for Friday, March 9.
  • Garbage collection scheduled for Thursday, March 8 has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 10 and garbage collection scheduled for Friday, March 9 will remain as scheduled.
  • To report power outages, contact the electric company by visiting FirstEnergy/JCP&L or call 1-888-LIGHTSS  (1-888-544-4877).  Downed wires should immediately be called in to your electric company or local police/fire departments. Customers should never go near a downed power line or wire.
  • To report a gas leak, contact the gas provider (PSE&G) by calling 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).
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