Jersey Shore braces for storm flooding

 Brick Township, N.J., Public Works employees check snow removal equipment as a winter storm bears down on the state. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

Brick Township, N.J., Public Works employees check snow removal equipment as a winter storm bears down on the state. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

Some Jersey Shore towns are gearing up for potential blizzard conditions.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said flooding is a concern at the shore.

The storm is expected to cause moderate flooding in oceanfront communities between midnight and 1 am.

Christie said the state has nearly 3,700 trucks ready to go.

“We’re prepared to clear snow and ice from roadways and transit facilities in every part of the state and we believe that we have the manpower to be able to do so.”

Christie urged residents to stay home during the storm so road crews can clear the snow.

“Please stay off the roads. It’s not only for your own safety, it’s for the operation of the state, for us to be able to have the state be as fully operational as we can be on Wednesday and for the rest of the week.”

With the potential for two feet of snow, Brick Township Public Works Director Glenn Campbell said he’s called in private contractors with large snow plows and salt spreaders.

He said the town’s equipment can handle up to about 16 inches of snow.

“In the blizzard of 2010 we had 42 trucks stuck at one time. So lesson learned. We’re hiring only larger equipment, tandems and loaders, and we’ll pull the smaller equipment off the roads if it gets that severe.”

Campbell asked the public to be patient. He said it will be a slow process to clear all the roads and it could take several days to complete.

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning from 11 pm Monday through 7 am Tuesday.

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