TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS/AP) — The Garden State is gearing up for another snow storm expected to arrive in the state early Friday.
This storm is forecast to bring far less snow—one to three inches for most parts—than the blizzard that hit last week. However, the northwestern part of the state could see up to seven inches of snow.
“That’s a piece of cake,” said Clifton resident Cindy, who has no faith in the state’s cleanup efforts. “It’s a dreaded situation. We’re on our own.”
Two-foot high mounds of snow and streets of ice still litter the streets after the Dec. 26 blizzard dumped over 25 inches of snow on Clifton and other parts of Northern Jersey.
“The snow came down Sunday night. My car didn’t get out until Wednesday, and I have a truck. So it was really bad and I can only imagine,” resident Marco Morales said. “So maybe I’ll be working from home tomorrow because I’m not even going to try to do this again.”
After the disastrous cleanup efforts by the city and state, Morales said she and other residents will rely on each other, instead of the sanitation department.
“We don’t wait for Clifton or the state of New Jersey to bury us out. Get our snowblowers ready,” Morales said. “It’s really unreal. We have good neighbors. We help each other out.”
Clifton resident Anthony is getting his snowblower ready because he said the city and state won’t be effective at all.
“No one came at all. No salt. No plow. We were stuck here—trapped. I was beyond frustrated,” he said.
On The Weather Channel Thursday morning, Newark Mayor Cory Booker says he learned a lot from the last storm, in which the city had to fire some contractors on the spot. Booker made headlines for personally helping to dig people out of the snow.
Motorists are encouraged to check for current road conditions at the New Jersey Department of Transportation website.
Even though this storm won’t pack the same punch as the last one—the only saving graces for residents on Field Road—residents still don’t have any more faith in the state and city.
“What I think may have happened is they laid off a lot of guys because of the economy, and they just didn’t have the support for the last storm,” resident Dan said. “So I don’t think they’re going to be prepared this time either.”
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