Shore towns brace for weekend snowstorm

Jersey Shore towns are working to build up their beaches in anticipation of the weekend snowstorm.

Jersey Shore towns are working to build up their beaches in anticipation of the weekend snowstorm. (1/22/16)

BELMAR - Jersey Shore communities are getting prepared for potential coastal flooding and storm damage from a snowstorm this weekend.

In Belmar, officials have lowered both lakes in town in an effort to prevent flooding. Crews were also out building up temporary sand dunes to protect the beaches.

Similar projects were underway in Ortley Beach and Seaside Heights.

Office of Emergency Management coordinators from all over Ocean County gathered at the Miller Airport in Bayville for a briefing on the latest storm information.

They figured out which towns were in need of supplies or extra crews. Those in attendance did not seem too worried about the snow, but instead focused on the projected storm surge and potential flooding.

Mantoloking is particularly at risk due to the steel seawall still not covered by sand dunes.

“We’re looking at possible wash-overs, so we’re urging everyone to move vehicles to higher ground, instead of municipal parking lots, “says Mantoloking Police Chief Stacy Ferris.

Other OEM coordinators asked the county for sandbags to pass along to residents who live in areas prone to flooding.

Strong winds may also pose a problem, and power outages are possible. Power companies such as PSEG and JCP&L say they are prepared for potential outages.

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