Murray Responds To Major Winter Storm: Snow Removal Continues, Town Programs Cancelled

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has been traveling roadways throughout the township, overseeing snow removal operations along local streets.  The Supervisor also cautioned residents that roadways are extremely slippery, and blizzard conditions can make driving treacherous.  Because of these hazardous conditions, town Parks’ programs remain cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday, January 27th  and 28th.  Furthermore, all Senior Enrichment programs are also cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Finally, the Hempstead Town Board Meeting scheduled for the 27th has been cancelled, as well as an India Republic Day ceremony that was planned for Tuesday evening.

“Our government has continued its proactive practice of having salt spreaders on the roads prior to the first sign of snow. We followed-up by deploying our large fleet of plows and other snow removal equipment, which remain on duty on local town roadways,” said Supervisor Murray.  “At the same time, residents should limit car travel as snow removal crews continue to do their work to make roadways safe.”

The Town Supervisor declared a state of emergency yesterday, which remains in force. Accordingly, Murray renewed a previous call for residents to remove cars from local roads as the town’s snow removal operation continues.  Snowplows can do a more effective job of clearing streets curb-to-curb when vehicles are not restricting full-street access.

The Supervisor cautioned residents to not over exert themselves when removing snow from sidewalks, as the storm has dumped a large blanket of snow, which can be exhausting to shovel.  High winds also can make the task more challenging.  Additionally, the Supervisor advised that residents who shovel driveways should place snow to the right of their driveway when facing the road.  By doing so, residents can minimize the prospect of having their driveways “plowed-in” with snow after shoveling.

For up-to-date information, residents can visit the Town of Hempstead website at www.TOH.LI