Curran implores residents to stay off roads, urges preparation for “flash freeze” late Sunday night
County Exec highlights key info on snow plow and salt preparation, emergency support and procedures, warming and homeless shelters
Emergency Operation Center (EOC) will be open and fully-staffed as of 6:00PM Saturday
Mineola, NY – Ahead of Winter Storm Harper’s arrival in Long Island this weekend, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran today highlighted the County’s readiness to respond to expected hazardous conditions on the roads and highways, while urging all residents to avoid driving and leaving their homes unless absolutely necessary. Snow salt and plow trucks will begin to treat County roads for slippery/icy conditions as needed. Nassau County has 21,000 tons of road salt on hand and 108 snow plows and sanders as well as payloaders ready to roll. The County Executive is also providing key information about continued NICE service, available warming centers, homeless shelters, and general procedures to stay safe during severe winter weather.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Nassau County that is in effect Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Forecasters are expecting up to 6 inches of snow turning into sleet, possible flooding in some areas, and winds gusting up to 30MPH, with temperatures dropping rapidly on Sunday night into Monday morning. Temperatures on Monday could drop to a low of 8 degrees, with wind chills of 10 to 11 degrees below zero.
“This storm will take a turn for the worse later this weekend – please don’t take your safety for granted,” said County Executive Curran. “Our crews are ready to roll for the hazardous conditions that are coming, but we cannot emphasize this enough: please stay off the roads and do not leave your home unless absolutely necessary.”
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
Warming Centers (Day Time)
The following locations will be fully open to residents:
Cantiague Park Ice Rink480 W. John Street, Hicksville (516-571-7056)
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Nassau County Aquatic CenterMerrick Ave, Merrick (516-572-0501)
Sunday: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Grant ParkBroadway and Sheridan Ave., Hewlett (516-571-7821)
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Christopher Morley Park500 Searingtown Rd N, Roslyn (516-571-8113)
Sunday: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Monday: 8 a.m. -6:30 p.m.
No resident should be sleeping outside in the freezing cold. The Nassau County Winter Homeless Hotline (1-866-WARMBED) - is open and runs seven days a week through March 31st, 2018.
Between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday thru Thursday, and Friday from 6:00 p.m. thru Monday at 8:00 a.m., employees from the Department of Social Services (DSS) will make appropriate referrals and provide shelter placement. Between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, call the Department of Social Services at (516) 227-8519.
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