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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  • Nancy & Vincent Palumbo
    commented 2016-01-29 10:23:51 -0500
    We actually weren’t going to evaluate the Jonas snow removal debacle, but the more we see what our neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods looked like to-date, we just had to.

    It is disgraceful how the snow removal (or non-removal) has been handled. The people in Forest Hills and other areas of Newark pay very high taxes for the horrific service they received. Many two-way streets have been reduced to one-ways, not because the streets couldn’t be plowed because cars were parked – just the opposite – many streets were clear of parked cars and nothing was done. This is shameful.

    We also own property on N. 13th St. My goodness, nothing was done there at all! And what do you have on that street? – the Columbus Hospital facility, that’s what – appalling!

    One more note, people should be fined if they don’t shovel their sidewalks. By not doing this people are forced to walk in the middle of the street. This is very, very dangerous.

    Very disappointed – this city does not seem to care about its’ residents. Perhaps that is why so many are looking to leave.
  • Steve Sacco
    commented 2016-01-29 09:02:51 -0500
    We understand there was a lot of snow however it was the absence of plows throughout the storm that was so troubling. We saw one plow Friday night at the onset of the storm then nothing until Tuesday at 4am. It is hard to conclude that this would have been adequate even for the amount of snow that was originally predicted. We have never seen such a poor response from the city in the years that we have been residents. Even today, there is barely enough room to get by on Ridge Street although surely the plows have had enough time to at least make a path larger than a car length in some sections of the road.
  • lisa dunn-gundy
    commented 2016-01-28 22:49:33 -0500
    the city of newark has done a wonderful job. Mapes Avenue
  • Jaime
    commented 2016-01-27 10:56:42 -0500

    Please help the following streets:

    Wakeman Ave (Arlington and may st)

    Parker st (Bloomfield ave and park Ave)
  • Sergio Lopez Jr
    commented 2016-01-27 10:17:51 -0500
    Last night Deputy Mayor Quiles had a crew come through our block but its still not passable on the entrance end of Parker Street from Bloomfield Ave. At 9:15 AM an ambulance got stuck and finally made it through while responding to a medical emergency. Attention needs to be given to that end. It has been one very frustrating process. Parker Street is a very busy street so we had to free up about 40-50 cars passing by between Sunday and yesterday evening.
  • Evilise
    commented 2016-01-27 05:13:25 -0500
    Every year is same probem. Summer Place, a secondary road that houses a school. ICY and snow banks. Two way street with one middle traveling direction allowed. Major problem if you gave cars coming from both direction. Let alone emergency, buses, and sanitation will cause additional problem.
  • Latoya Josey
    commented 2016-01-26 17:19:50 -0500
    Heck no. I’m on South 19th and 17th Ave. Please send a truck through to plow. Every vehicle that comes through gets stuck. Thanks
  • Marisol Reyes
    commented 2016-01-26 14:47:42 -0500
    My mother lives on North 11th street in between Park Ave & 4th Avenue and has not left since Friday due to the street not being plowed. As of this morning, not 1 plow had come through (4 days later). The 10 mins i was there this morning 3 cars were stuck and the neighbors were helping to get each other out. This is ridiculous, Newark has to be better prepared. I know this was a blizzard but this 3ft of snow had been announced days before, so disappointing.
  • Rafael Mejia
    commented 2016-01-26 13:25:54 -0500
  • Linda Muzikevicius
    commented 2016-01-26 12:45:53 -0500
    This is ridiculous I was happy to finally see a plow on my street. So I got out to go to work and now I’m stuck on my street because the Mack truck that was hauling snow is now stuck. He couldn’t wait 1 minute for me to pull out I had the room and now I’m can’t get through my street because a Mack truck is stuck in the snow because he apparently doesn’t know how to drive……. I am livid of the incompetence of this whole snow removal process……
  • Frustrated Citizen
    commented 2016-01-26 12:43:39 -0500
    Borderline of North & Central Ward – specifically side streets: Hecker, Duryea, Hudson & Jay streets have NOT BEEN plowed. We have elderly people with health conditions on Hecker. Eight days of planning, zero days of action and a failed administration. Seriously people lets get with it and hire private companies if need be! Lost wages & education are taking a major hit due to the lack of planning.
  • Maribel Reyes
    commented 2016-01-26 10:59:31 -0500
    I live on North 11th Street, between 4th Ave and Park Ave and it’s Tuesday and our block and all surrounding blocks have yet to be plowed. The only one that has been plowed is Park Ave and that’s only because it’s a county road and the city of Newark is not the one responsible for plowing, Essex County is.

    It’s ashame, the majority of cars that passed by this morning got stuck and my neighbors had to shovel them out. With such a big town you would think the City of Newark would have been more prepared.
  • Ann marie Gatling
    commented 2016-01-26 10:29:51 -0500
    Woodside place has not been plowed. The street is oneway and entry for home owners and entry to the rear parking garage of 375 MT. Prospect Ave condo. I have watched from my window and observed home owners and our condo owners stuck and unable to move. It is unpassable.

    MT. Prospect Place, a very narrow oneway street, which feeds into MT.Prospect Ave is also unplowed.

    Parking on MT. Prospect, which is not adequate, at a premium on a good day, is now nonexistent. When the street was plowed all the cars were buried.

    Given the density of the area people can not move cars. Apartment Residents without cars are walking in the streets to Fine Fare grocery store. In addition, buses are not running.

    When MT. Prospect Ave, was piled the snow is so high that there is no parking or accessibility for emergency health vehicles, visiting nurses, mail delivery, contractors, and needed supportative service. This is both unsafe and unaccessable.
  • Bruce E. Ford
    commented 2016-01-26 10:11:45 -0500
    Ridge Street between Berkeley and Abington avenues has definitely not been plowed. The only vehicles that can drive on this block are trucks and SUVs. Adjacent blocks on Ridge Street appear not to have been plowed, either.
  • Jennie Reinhart
    commented 2016-01-26 10:10:13 -0500
    Super mounds of snow in the center of Taylor Street. In order to get on to a main road, you have to zig zag backwards to get onto Broadway to get out. Haven’t seen any plowing done since Sunday morning! In the 46 years that I have been living here have I ever seen anything like this. God forbid anyone that would be in need of a ambulance or has a fire in their home.
  • Jennie Reinhart
    commented 2016-01-26 10:08:06 -0500
    Super mounds of snow in the center of Taylor Street. In order to get on to a main road, you have to zig zag backwards to get onto Broadway to get out. Haven’t seen any plowing done since Sunday morning! In the 46 years that I have been living here have I ever seen anything like this. God forbid anyone that would be in need of a ambulance or has a fire in their home.
  • Damarys Reyes
    commented 2016-01-26 09:49:05 -0500
    North 11th Street between 4th Avenue and Park Avenue hasn’t been plowed at all. It’s a shame to see a mother with her 8 month old baby walking to babysitter’s house because she had to leave her car on Park Avenue because she couldn’t get through and was going to get stuck.
  • Manny Lado
    commented 2016-01-26 09:25:44 -0500
    This is the worst I have seen in fifty one years that I been living in Newark the politicians drop the ball on this one but we will remind then at Election Day I live in greenwood lake street and I’m still waiting for the plows to come by
  • Paul Trautman
    commented 2016-01-26 09:10:51 -0500
    When are they going to start? I thought the Mayor was punishing the North Ward for not voting for him.

    They still haven’t done Clifton Avenue, Mount Prospect Avenue was done privately, and Woodside between 2nd and Nursery is impassable as someone dumped the snow from their driveway in the middle of the street and the city hasn’t plowed it. Broadway and Bloomfield have only 3 clear lanes to cover two directions of traffic, 2 eastbound and 1 westbound (one westbound lane is mostly clear however people are parking in it as they cannot reach the curb. Unlike Newark, New York, where I work, had a plan and there is no comparison.

    Some street lanes in NY are labelled snow emergency and vehicles parking in them are towed. The Essex County Sheriff’s department has no problem organizing tow trucks for their pre-holiday stings. Woodside should only have 1 side parking because it is difficult for a plow to fit through.

    Because the city apparently (according to the Mayor redirected their plows to do emergency response rather than plow, the problems are much worse, unless we have a sustained heat wave, many cars and driveways will be snowbound for some time to come
  • Rodney Cortes
    commented 2016-01-26 09:06:36 -0500
    Garside street is terrible cars getting stuck all over , Garside begins from Victoria street to Mnt Prospect so can you please make sure they get it , I had to pic n shovel in the street so my car can get out my driveway with no problem , I missed two doctor appointments for my baby cause I can’t drive threw the snow I get stuck so can you help
  • Carla Pereira
    commented 2016-01-26 08:44:09 -0500
    Winthrop Street is still not plowed. It’s now Tuesday morning. I have an infant and have to take her to doctor’s apt. I had to call out of work yesterday. I have called the contact center 3 times… And still NOTHING. This is unacceptable with all the notice the administration had of the storm.
  • Angelica Romero
    commented 2016-01-26 08:27:04 -0500
    There were no plows or salt trucks till Monday night!! It’s ridiculous! Never in all my life living in Newark have we been so unprepared.
  • Ramon Perez
    commented 2016-01-26 08:06:01 -0500
    Extremely dissappointed with Mayor Barraka’s response to this blizzard. N 7th st was a mess.
  • Mona Rawls
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-01-26 07:34:28 -0500
    I want to hear your feedback about the City of Newark's response to the Blizzard of 2016.
  • Susan Spikes
    commented 2016-01-26 07:32:50 -0500
    I live on Ridge Street and Abington. Abington was plowed, Ridge street was not. On Tuesday morning it is virtually impassable. Cars are parked in cleared spots facing with and against traffic, and many of us had to miss work or work from home yesterday.

    Extremely disappointing results for the taxes we pay. There are many elderly residents and it is disheartening when a fire truck gets stuck for hours at Abington and Parker on Sunday and still nothing has been done to clear side streets.
  • Tanya Rawls
    commented 2016-01-26 07:32:17 -0500
    Massive side streets in the ironbound area were not plowed. Christie St., Brill, Hawkins St., Roanoke Ave. etc. A dump truck came through, but personally speaking, it was more of a mess when he finished! Just SMG, once again the city of Newark has dropped the ball! Had they contracted the people they needed to before the storm & had them in place I don’t believe us residents would be in this predicament.
  • Chuck Bell
    commented 2016-01-26 06:40:27 -0500
    Tuesday, 6:30am, Ridge St b/w Abington and Berkeley has NOT been plowed
  • Anissa Nixon
    commented 2016-01-26 06:38:42 -0500
    6:35 am Ridge Street is still not plowed. A truck came down the street at 11pm last night but his blade was not down. 👎🏾
  • Ruthie Villoch
    commented 2016-01-26 06:07:52 -0500
    South 7th between 14th and 15th. Absolutely no plow. What a mess!
  • La-Kisha harris
    commented 2016-01-26 06:03:52 -0500
    Governor Street in Downtown Newark still hasn’t been touched as of yesterday I’m fscing disciplinary action. I work in Trenton
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