Freezing rain made travel on roads throughout the region dangerous. Multiple crashes were reported and the Walt Whitman Bridge was closed for a period of time, but has since reopened.
“This morning light rain quickly turned to ice throughout the region once temperatures got just above freezing. Even though outside temperatures moved above the freezing mark roadways were frozen solid,” Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works, said in a prepared statement. “In order to combat these treacherous conditions trucks were immediately mobilized and dispatched into all districts to treat all icy areas.”
The Department of Public Works mobilized 70 pieces of equipment to 12 winter maintenance districts to apply salt to 400 miles of roadways across the county, Leonard said.
A mix of rain and freezing rain is expected to continue, with ice patches possible through the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to rise throughout the day, but the wind is also expected to gust at about 20 miles an hour out of the southeast through Friday night.
Residents seeing a problem on the road are asked to call 856-566-2980 to report it to the Camden County DPW.
There may be isolated power outages due to winds tonight. Residents experiencing outages are asked to immediately call their utility company so they can identify the location and coordinate crews to restore your power. Below are numbers and contact info for the two power providers in Camden County:
- PSE&G: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734)
- PSEG website: http://pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/index.jsp
- Atlantic City Electric: 1-800-833-7476
- Atlantic City Electric website: http://www.atlanticcityelectric.com/home/
- South Jersey Gas: 1-800-582-7060
- South Jersey Gas website: http://southjerseygas.com/