MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - What a day. Approximately 13,000 township residents are without power tonight as Mount Olive and much of the state was soggy, slushy, and yes... snowy when a Nor'easter blew through the garden state.
Mount Olive Township Police report that they handled over 1,000 calls for weather related issues. The Mount Olive Twp Police Dispatch Center received 282 of those calls via 911.
Due to the heavy call volume regular patrols were supplemented by officers from the police department’s Detective Bureau, Communication Division and the Support Services Division. The combined staff responded to over 17 Disabled Motor vehicles, 8 fires, 30 weather related property damage calls, and 20 traffic accidents.
54 Garfield school district students became stranded at the Pax Amicus Castle Theater when their bus became stuck in the snow. The Budd Lake Fire Department responded to assist with the incident and was able to transport all parties to the Budd Lake Fire Department for temporary shelter.
"Our officers handled this extended weather event with incredible patience and professionalism." said Chief Mark Spitzer, Mount Olive Township Police. "The Township and County Road departments worked throughout the storm and will be staying through the night. We were eventually able to put together a fleet of four wheel drive vehicles by utilizing health department, fire marshal, and engineering SUV’s."