New Jersey News
Jersey City works to fix plows damaged in blizzard
JERSEY CITY (WABC) -- It's not just New York City that's dealing with the aftermath of the holiday blizzard.
In Jersey City, the race is on to fix almost two dozen snow plows that broke down during the storm, before the next snow falls.
Mechanics in the garage where all sanitation trucks and snow fighting equipment is brought treat the incoming trucks as though it was a triage station in a war zone. The trucks the victims of a holiday blizzard that took out almost a quarter of the dept's snow fighting force.
It's been hectic, real hectic. We actually need new equipment," said Earl Cunningham.
Officials say 18 out of the fleets 67 snow plows and salters were knocked out of action. The aging fleet is weary from many storms including last year's monster that dumped 27 inches on Jersey City. But last weekend's blizzard that blasted the tri-state region with 50 mile an hour gusts was the last straw for transmissions and plows on some of the trucks.
As mechanics caniblize parts from broken down vehicles to fix others, the head of the dept is hoping FEMA will come through with needed funds to help the cash strapped city survive another storm. He is hoping for at least $600,000.
Meanwhile, the prospect of another storm does not sit well with the mechanics
Despite the challenge, mechanics believe they will have 95 percent of the trucks up and ready for this weekend should mother nature deliver another blow to the city.
new jersey, jersey city, blizzard, new jersey news
- Stolen passports deepen missing plane mystery
- AccuWeather: Cooler Sunday
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- Get WATCH ABC for your mobile device
- Police investigating double shooting in Brooklyn 25 min ago
- Grandfather killed in Long Island City hit and run
- Mayor de Blasio continues to rally for universal Pre-K
- Noise complaint turns into Queens drug bust 59 min ago
- Elderly man attacked at Port Authority
- LI man accused of killing uncle, burying him in backyard
- Proposed teacher layoffs in Newark set off dispute
- Spring forward: Time to set the clocks ahead
- Matt Harvey aims for 2014 return to Mets
- Melo scores 26, Knicks beat Cavs 107-97