Public Works Preps for Wintry Blast

The Ocean Pines Public Works Department prepares to deploy its snow removal vehicles Wednesday when Old Man Winter’s deep freeze is expected to give way to a snowy blast in Worcester County and much of Delmarva.

Public Works Director Eddie Wells and his work crew are preparing for a storm that could unload up to eight inches of snow and 45 miles-per-hour wind gusts.

“We spent Tuesday and this morning getting the equipment hooked up,” said Wells. “There may be a lot of trees and branches that could fall if we get the winds they are predicting with the wet snow.”

Hazardous driving conditions are likely Wednesday night and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Blowing snow may reduce visibility. Public Works Director Wells urges residents to park their vehicles in driveways so that roadways are easily passable. Seven plows will work to clear more than 80 miles of roadway in Ocean Pines.

“We will stay until we get all the roads plowed,” said Wells. “The roads are going to turn icy when the temperatures drop Thursday night. I would ask people to stay home and off the roads if at all possible.”

Emergency services personnel are reminding residents to check in on elderly neighbors during this current cold spell. Be sure to check the heating system and determine if the person has an adequate food supply and medications.

In the case of an emergency, please contact the Ocean Pines Police Department at 911.

Worcester County Released Storm Advisory

Worcester County Government offices and courts closed January 5, essential personnel to report for duty

Worcester County Government offices, including the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill, the Central Landfill in Newark, and the Homeowner Convenience Centers, will be closed January 5, 2018, due to continued treacherous roadway conditions caused by the winter storm. Non-essential personnel are asked not to report for work. However, essential personnel must report for duty.

The Circuit Court for Worcester County and District Courts in Ocean City and Snow Hill will also be closed January 5.

All programs at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill will be cancelled for Jan. 5 as well.

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES) urge residents to take the following precautions:

  • Secure all loose outdoor objects around homes and businesses.
  • Stay off the roads once roadway conditions deteriorate.
  • Those who must venture onto area roadways should exercise extreme caution, as slick conditions, periods of low visibility, and possible downed power lines and trees will make driving hazardous.
  • Protect pets from the elements by bringing them indoors. If that is not possible, provide a covered shelter with insulated bedding, like pine or cedar shavings, rather than clothing which holds moisture. Provide access to unfrozen water. Visit Worcester County Animal Control on Facebook to learn more about how to protect pets this winter.
  • Pipes and utility meters can freeze when the temperature remains below 25 degrees for extended periods of time. Let a thin stream of cold water run from a faucet. The stream should be a continuous flow, about the thickness of a pencil lead.
  • Portable/temporary heat sources should be used per manufacturer’s recommendations, and by keeping all combustibles at least 3 feet away from any heat(er) source. Portable generators should never be operated inside a structure, including an attached garage.

WCES cautions that hypothermia can occur quickly when exposed to low temperatures. Bundle up if headed outdoors. If you must venture outdoors during freezing conditions, wear layers of lightweight clothing that can be added to or removed as needed, and protect extremities by wearing gloves and hats.

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