Fire Chief Rodney Youmans: Remain Off The Roads

VIDEO MESSAGE: Fire Chief Rodney Youmans this evening is warning motorists to stay off the roads, due to the extremely hazardous driving conditions brought about by the snowstorm.

“With the deteriorating conditions from the storm, I’m urging everybody to stay indoors, do not go on the road”, Fire Chief Youmans says. “I know there hasn’t been a state of emergency declared at this point, but please, stay indoors.”

The Fire Department – as well as the Police Department are overwhelmed with calls this evening as the snow continues to take down weakened trees, poles and wires in multiple locations throughout the town.

Hatzolah has asked that TLS also urge motorists as well as pedestrians to remain off the roads, as vehicles sliding off the roads pose an extreme danger to pedestrians.

There have been dozens of accidents in the last few hours.

If you see downed wires, do not attempt to approach them. Immediately phone Police at 732-363-0200, and press ‘0’ when prompted.

 

 

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14 COMMENTS

  1. That means everyone…. when it snows plows need space to plow.. so if decisons are made to have school… consider its unsafe to carpool and clog the roads with vehicles… now they are saying up to 5 inches of snow… thats alot… to deal with…. think safety of kids walking..etc

  2. EVERYONE,

    PLEASE stay off the roads, walking or driving. There r trees coming down ALL OVER. Oh, I know not because I went to Shoprite….but cuz I just got home from work.

  3. As I was inside and warm and cozy last night, hearing all those sirens going on out there through the night, I was amazed at what a fantastic job the fire department has been doing the past 3 weeks. I can only imagine how difficult this time has been for you, and I want to thank each one of you.

  4. I was utterly shocked last night. We had a transformer blow with a huge fire (from a tree) which B”H eventually went out but it was still pretty dangerous the wire and tree had good chance to fall down – either one killing anyone under it… Fire chief (I think also truck, I’m too tired to remember now!) came and blocked off the road with the yellow “tape”
    we could not believe how many pedestrians AND CARS went through the line. HELLO!!!!!! maybe the tape is there for a reason!?!??!
    Thank you Fire chief and entire LFD for being there for us in these crazy times of danger!
    1 more point (for always, not just now..): It is faster to call local police dept (732-363-0200 x0) than 911. 911 was ringing over a minute before we took another cell phone to call local police (who answered right away!) I couldn’t figure out how to hang up the “fancy” cell phone / blackberry or whatever it was that someone gave me) so it rang probably for 2 minutes total at 911, they still didn’t pick up! Being that they answer the entire area, as a rule of the thumb, if you have a local emergency, call your local police dept!!
    May everyone stay safe!

  5. County 911 was totally swamped last night and still today as well..if you have a wire down call..please call the local pd for county that is not as emergent as someone in a motor vehicle crash or a structure fire..we can handle lakewood..let the police dispatchers help you..it may take a little bit but they answer the phone as quick as they can.
    Thanks
    LPD Dispatch..fm Lakewood Firefighter

  6. County 911 was totally swamped last night and still today as well..if you have a wire down call..please call the local pd for county that is not as emergent as someone in a motor vehicle crash or a structure fire..we can handle lakewood..let the police dispatchers help you..it may take a little bit but they answer the phone as quick as they can.
    Thanks
    LPD Dispatch..fm Lakewood Firefighter

  7. County in general aren’t as intimately familiar with Lakewood so in many instances it may go much quicker to deal direct with LPD. And PLEASE would all the idiots out there follow directions?! I mean, driving thru yellow tape?! People entirely sick?

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