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East Brunswick Digs Out from Snow Storm

State offices closed Wednesday as bitter cold follows Tuesday's storm, garbage pickup schedule revised.

After the latest winter storm dropped nearly one foot of snow on the area, the township is largely shut down on Wednesday.

East Brunswick schools are closed, as are New Jersey State offices and agencies. All before and after school activities are also cancelled. East Brunswick municipal offices are open today.

There will be no garbage or recycling pickup on Wednesday.

Due to the snow storm, Solid Waste and Recycling Collection schedule will be as follows:

• Solid Waste for Wednesday, Jan. 22 will be collected on Thursday Jan. 23
• Recycling for Recycling District 7 and 8 will be collected Jan. 25. 
• Recycling for Recycling District 9 and 10 will be collected Jan. 26.
• Recycling Center closed on Wednesday and will reopen Thursday, Jan. 23.

Local police reported over 30 motor vehicle crashes and cars off the roadway during Tuesday's storm.

Police are urging residents to stay home and stay safe. Keep vehicles and property off streets so plows are not impeded, and if possible clear a path to fire hydrants with shoveling.

Today's weather will bring bitter cold, with a high of 18 degrees and a low of 3 degrees, however the wind chill will make it feel life -15 degrees. The wind will bring gusts of up to 30 mph. 

Residents are also reminded that a township ordinance requires snow removal from sidewalks immediately following a storm. 

Township residents who own or occupy a home on a public street must remove snow and ice from an abutting sidewalk within 12 hours after the first daybreak from the storm and apply sand, salt or another harmless substance to the ice not removed from the sidewalk.

Tips from police for driving on icy roads:

  1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
  2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
  3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  4.  Keep your lights and windshield clean.
  5. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
  6. Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
  7. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

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