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More snow is expected this week and New Jerseyans say they’ve had enough

More snowstorms heading toward New Jersey will be a test for local governments still reeling from last week’s nor’easter.

News 12 Staff

Feb 9, 2021, 3:28 AM

Updated 1,226 days ago

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More snowstorms heading toward New Jersey will be a test for local governments still reeling from last week’s nor’easter.
Last Monday’s storm produced more than 30 inches of snow. Department of Public Works crews are wiped, and the bills are piling up in each town. And residents say that they have had enough of the cold and snow.
“I’ve had more than enough,” says Hamza Abbad, who is originally from Texas.
It seems that the same sentiment is well-known across New Jersey. In Paterson, the roads are mostly clear of snow but some streets are still covered in ice.
“We’ve gotten a lot of the commercial districts and yesterday’s [snowstorm] was actually somewhat helpful because we were going through again,” says Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh.
The nor’easter was a weeklong cleanup effort. The storm caused eight plow trucks to break down. Paterson is now waiting on new salt spreaders for 10 trucks, which will cost $70,000. It comes amid COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, testing the limits of City Hall.
“Not just from a resource point of view, but from a standpoint of human beings and only having so much bandwidth,” Sayegh says.
The mayor says that he is still waiting to see how much last week’s storm will cost the city. He says that he expects overtime pay alone to cost tens of thousands of dollars.


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