Blizzard 2016

Newark was hit with more than two feet of snow. Please let us know about the City of Newark's response to the storm. Let us know what street you live on, what time it was plowed and whether it is passable now. We'll forward any complaints about streets not being plowed directly to administration of Mayor Ras Baraka. We'll compile this information so we know what the problems areas are for the next storm and work with the administration to better address these areas.

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  • Madeline Soto
    commented 2016-01-26 01:59:16 -0500
    Hawkins St and courtland St in the ironbound..absolutely no plows n this is where the school is..amazing Newark taxes get higher n service gets worst.no excuse you knew it was coming stop trying to save the budget and lets pay people to get the job done
  • Vivian Diaz
    commented 2016-01-26 00:35:04 -0500
    I live on Astor street in the Irinbound and my block has yet to see a plow!!!! I’m completely stuck. I had to catch the bus to get to work; my son will miss his midterm in school tomorrow and my daughter had to miss work all together. The only people gat have made it out are the ones on the block that either had a snow blower or had a private contractor come and remove the snow!!! The city gets a big fat F!!!
  • Jamila Watkins
    commented 2016-01-26 00:31:10 -0500
    Woodside Pl to Arlington Ave off of Summer Ave.
  • jamillah johnson
    commented 2016-01-26 00:16:02 -0500
    I leave on Avon and Farley and still no snow plows street still look crazy
  • Mimi Marques-Aiman
    commented 2016-01-26 00:09:07 -0500
    Very disappointing response to a blizzard we had time to prepare for as Boston did. Some neighbors on my street used snow blowers to clear the street after digging out their cars. The only plow seen at 8pm on Jefferson St did minimal plowing. Cars were and are still getting stuck on the Jefferson/Lafayette end of the street. Extending the driving ban did nothing as people were still driving and getting stuck and preventing us from digging out as everyone had to stop and help them. No police in sight to stop drivers from getting on to unplowed streets. No one to enforce the ban on saturday or sunday. Cars were stranded in the middle of the streets overnight saturday and well into sunday before they were able to drive out. Streets need to have sanding/deicing to prevent accidents and damage to property. Trucks will be needed to remove the mountains of snow created by the cleanup which are drastically narrowing the street widths.
  • David Kane
    commented 2016-01-25 23:55:15 -0500
    South 7 Street between South Orange Avenue and 13th avenue where I live still hasn’t been plowed. It is now almost midnight Monday night. A crew of two trucks came at about 7pm, removed snow from 20 feet of the street, then turned around and left! WTF?

    Those of us who drive to work, can’t. Because of the wind, the snow on South 7 was no deeper than any other storm I’ve seen in Newark since arriving in 2008. Something is very wrong here…
  • Catharine Longendyck
    commented 2016-01-25 23:38:08 -0500
    My block was not plowed until Monday, and although there are NO cars parked on my side of the street and there is plenty of room to put the snow, the plows piled the snow 5 feet high at the end of my driveway. As a senior citizen, I cannot possibly dig my way out. I’ve lived in the North Ward my whole life and, sadly, city services continue on their downward spiral. Wish our taxes would go the same way — what exactly are we paying for?
  • Georgianna ONeal
    commented 2016-01-25 22:32:46 -0500
    I complained to everyone in city hall. Only person that left is to talk to God.

    Fifth teen years dealing with snow not be removed from the sidewalk on city

    owned lot and property. Unfortunately I’m in the middle of city owned property and a vacant lot from next door to the corner of my property. Please bailed me out of the blizzard. Thanking you in advance.
  • Anissa Nixon
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-01-25 22:20:27 -0500
    I want to hear your feedback about the City of Newark's response to the Blizzard of 2016.
  • Jessica Familia
    commented 2016-01-25 22:15:20 -0500
    Please PLEASE plow the forest hill area streets…i live on a one way street in Beaumont PL here in newark and the road is so narrow for cars to pass. All of the other side roads are the same way! It’s so hard to get to work expecially when you don’t make much and can’t afford to miss work because of unplowed roads…Please help us!
  • Anissa Nixon
    commented 2016-01-25 22:13:05 -0500
    10:10 pm and Ridge Street between Abington and Berkley still not plowed.
  • Thomas Shenk
    commented 2016-01-25 21:40:59 -0500
    Ridge st bt Abington and Berkeley had yet to be plowed and many people still cannot get their cars out. Unacceptable.
  • F. Gregory
    commented 2016-01-25 21:23:08 -0500
    This is unacceptable every year is the same thing different snowstorm. Is disgusting the northward ( Ruby PL) on Tiffany BLVD was never plowed they cleaned every street except ours and we have nothing but ELDERLY people living on this block. The Newark sanitation department is the worst all year round. I have complain codes for a year and they never come thru for anything. I am sick of paying for taxes when this city is becoming trash instead of getting better. The mayor should resign!!!!!!
  • Maria
    commented 2016-01-25 20:56:50 -0500
    I live on Highland Ave and the plows came by maybe twice, but they only came down the middle instead of going to the curb. If someone is coming from the other direction you have to back up. They did a TERRIBLE JOB !!!! I can’t believe it is Monday night and still the streets of the North Ward are terrible. I have lived here for 50 years and this is the worst I have ever seen !!!!!!!!!!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Rodney Cortes
    commented 2016-01-25 20:43:30 -0500
    The street of Garside st is not cleaned
  • Rebecca Mason
    commented 2016-01-25 20:32:07 -0500
    Eastern Parkway dead end has been plowed….thank you
  • Donald Reid
    commented 2016-01-25 20:31:30 -0500
    Ridge St. saw a plow once during the 1st two hours of the storm then never again. Understood that this was a bad storm but the city’s response is deplorable.
  • Tracey Lundquist
    commented 2016-01-25 20:10:21 -0500
    I must admit I am extremely disappointed in the lack of resources allocated to our city. I live in the North Ward, in Forest Hill and they only plowed for the first time at 6pm and did a very poor job… I could barely get down the street. I called several times to complain and nothing was done. Plus due to the lack of snow removal the schools are closed again tomorrow. As a working parent this is very inconvenient.
  • Joyce Braxton
    commented 2016-01-25 20:07:38 -0500
    I work at University Hospital level one trauma center. The conditions in and around the area are horrible. If any residents in Newark need ambulance assistance they had better pray that their streets are plowed. It only takes a second between life and death. South Orange Ave is horrible, this is a college town and they are trying to build the city up with a new Shop Rite and new apartments and lofts. The snow removal response is embarrassing for a city that had to come back from the riots of 1967. I was born and raised in Newark. Please do not let this town be a laughing stock.
  • Marisa Vaccari
    commented 2016-01-25 20:04:30 -0500
    It is absolutely shocking that there was not a quick response to plow residents out immediately after the snow subsided. I live right next to Branch Brook Park and experiencing unplowed streets, major snowbanks and cars getting stuck in Forest Hill while the county plowed a clean path through the park by Sunday morning is ironic and sad. There was no way for people to cross the park or navigate safely around whatsoever, let alone get out of their house! Why? Because there was not ONE plow until 4:30pm on Monday in Forest Hill. How can a city be so unprepared and not admit or apologize for a severe lack of preparation? We had a terrible winter last year, over-preparation for snow removal should have been a priority going into this year. Taxes increased! Yet, taxpayers were left with a complete neglect of basic infrastructure and weather relief, costing people a day at work or endangering their safety further by encouraging them to rely on eachother to dig each other out… There is no excuse and it is laughable when the city admits they were prepared for only a “snowstorm”. What does that mean even? You have commuters from NYC and residents who commute to NYC and NYC was well aware that they needed to double down for harsh and extreme snowfall. This is unacceptable for any part of Newark, and there should be no neighborhood experiencing any neglect during this time.
  • Miaxavierha Guzman
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-01-25 19:54:00 -0500
    I want to hear your feedback about the City of Newark's response to the Blizzard of 2016.
  • Miaxavierha Guzman
    commented 2016-01-25 19:53:39 -0500
    hi… I was here yesterday and voiced my concerns yet here we are 24 hours later and I still can’t leave my house. Ridge street needs plowing!!!! Not once have we seen any trucks even come close to us. this is absurd. our patience is definately wearing thin. please help!!
  • Diane Capers
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-01-25 19:50:01 -0500
    I want to hear your feedback about the City of Newark's response to the Blizzard of 2016.
  • Diane Capers
    commented 2016-01-25 19:48:51 -0500
    Monday evening, 1/25/2016 748PM. TUXEDO PKWY, WOODBINE AVE, IVY ST NEED PLOWING SEVERAL TIMES!
  • Raymond VandeGiessen
    commented 2016-01-25 19:47:18 -0500
    Arlington, from Summer to Woodside, needs some salt. A small hill, very icy. Multiple cars stuck today.
  • Sandy King
    commented 2016-01-25 19:45:25 -0500
    Ridge St between Second and Abington. NEEDS PLOWING!

    One plow apparently came through, during the storm, clearing just one car width on a two-way street, although there were no cars parked on the street from my house to Abington. By Saturday night, there was additional snowfall, never cleared. The street is now nearly impassable and dangerous. Cars are getting stuck on the snow and ice, and I would not attempt to drive on the street as is, and so can not get to work. Hoping for some help, please!
  • Dona Sosa
    commented 2016-01-25 19:32:29 -0500
    I posted my issue last night…but nothing has changed. Ridge Street still has not been plowed as of 7:30 pm Monday night. I could not go to work today nor check on my over 80 years old Mom. My cousin came in from Brooklyn to shovel my Mom’s – Because I could not get to her. My Mom and I both live in Forest Hill!!! Some young men came to her door last night after 8 pm asking her if she wanted her property shoveled. She did not open the door but she was fearful. I usually go over and clean her snow but I could not get out of my driveway or down the “blocks” to her house.
  • Fred Ochoa
    commented 2016-01-25 19:25:17 -0500
    Will not forget about mayor and his director . Councilmen have been useless until now ? No patience for incompetence .


    Tracked the trucks ever since storm started : not sure if it was deliberate or politics or puppetry .
  • vesta godwin clark
    commented 2016-01-25 19:24:34 -0500
    Treadwell between Ridge and Clifton Ave have NOT been touched and the street is blocked at Ridge and Treadwell. Not sure where the snow will go. Anytime it snows I have to call someone, but this is a little much. Not sure why trucks weren’t dispatched Saturday night. Love my Mayor and my councilman, but THIS seems like poor planning with the departments responsible for getting the streets clean.
  • Dr. Wilfredo T. C. Cruz
    commented 2016-01-25 19:19:40 -0500
    I have lived in the Forest Hill neighborhood on Ridge Street since January 2004. Every time the snow cones the street MAY be plowed, if you’re lucky, once—twice at the most. Snow is piled against the cars, whose owners have no other choice except to put the snow on the street since there is nowhere else to dispose of it. This is a YEARLY event since around 2007-2008, 8 years now.


    You need a survey to do this? Why don’t you drive around the neighborhood and see for yourself the sorry state of things in your district? The neighborhood that apparently, so they say, pay the most in property taxes, does not even deserve a decent snow plowing. I envy the Jersey City residents—nay, even the residents of the City of Passaic, who, the day after a snowstorm, the streets are possible even in the poorest neighborhoods.


    In the Forest Hill neighborhood of the City of Newark, which also has the highest water rates in the country it seems, just pay your taxes, and don’t expect any services in return!!!
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