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Posted on: January 3, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Supervisor Schaffer Urges Residents to Use Caution Following Blizzard

Town has deployed hundreds of plows, salting and sanding underway

Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer would like to urge residents to take caution following the blizzard that left as high as twelve inches of snow throughout the Town with the coldest temperatures in decades . Residents are encouraged to stay off of the roads and indoors unless absolutely necessary due to the continuing frigid temperatures and high winds as the Town's vehicle fleet continues efforts to plow, salt and sand roads. Even with the Town's clean-up ongoing from yesterday afternoon throughout the night to this morning, road conditions continue to be unsafe due to freezing temperatures and snow drifts.

“I strongly encourage all Town of Babylon residents to stay off the roads today due to the blizzard-like conditions that continue to affect our area,” said Supervisor Schaffer. “Staying off the roads not only helps protect the safety of our residents but allows our plows and trucks to do their jobs effectively as we continue the clean-up of this massive storm.”

The Town of Babylon's Department of Public Works has deployed 120 plows throughout the Town working at maximum capacity and has more than 3,000 tons of salt and sand in stock to address road conditions, which has been ongoing since 3:00 PM yesterday. Despite these efforts, road conditions continue to be poor due to the heavy winds and freezing temperatures that have created dangerous drifts, icy roads and extremely poor driving conditions. Travel should be avoided whenever possible as roads remain very icy and dangerous. Once snow and winds die down, it may take hours for driving conditions to be safe once again.

For storm-related questions and inquiries, please call 311. If you have lost power, please contact PSEG at (631) 755-6900.

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