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Nockamixon warns residents of winter hazards


As winter approaches, Nockamixon Township is urging its residents to be very discriminating in their choice of an emergency alert source, and is also asking for cooperation in helping to keep roads clear.

Both topics, among others, are addressed in the fall edition of the township newsletter, whose publication was announced at the Oct. 17 public board of supervisors meeting. Copies are available in the lobby of the township building on Lake Warren Road in Upper Black Eddy.

In the newsletter, the township stated that “over the past winter, there were numerous erroneous tweets and postings regarding open shelters and other emergency-related topics.” Acknowledging that “there is no way we can monitor and/or respond to the multitude of social media platforms and postings,” while granting they are made with “perhaps the best of intention,” the township warns that “their information is not sanctioned by any official emergency agency and is mostly based on hearsay, word of mouth, or speculation.”

As a much preferred alternative, Nockamixon offers the ReadyBucks Alert System, as “the only recognized source of real-time, accurate emergency information for our township,” and urges signup online by going to Assistance is also offered via telephone at 215-340-8700 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Alerts about emergencies and other important community news, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, and evacuations, can be received on a time-sensitive basis by home, mobile, and business phones; email; text messages; and otherwise.

Among other topics in its fall newsletter, the township warns that with the advent of the autumn leaf-falling season, “clearing your driveway drainpipe is the homeowner’s responsibility, and aids in preventing flooding and debris on our roadways,” while helping to minimize erosion. Later in the year, residents are reminded that the township’s “road department reserves the right to have cars that are parked on snow emergency routes during snow events to be towed at the owner’s expense.”

The township also asks that garbage cans “be left off the road for pickup, so roads can be plowed from edge to edge,” and that any bamboo be kept trimmed back out of the right-of-way,” so that snow-covered bamboo won’t “lean into the road , blocking sight distance, and dragging on vehicles, especially trucks.”

Any problems with the township’s state roads should be reported to PennDOT. Those roads are Center Hill, Church Hill, Easton, Durham, Marienstein, Gallows Hill, and Mountain View.