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NJ Emergency Officials Brace For Winter Storms [AUDIO]

Hurricanes, nor’easters, snowstorms. Shore towns already vulnerable from Superstorm Sandy are preparing for the worst this winter.

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New Jersey has been feeling Mother Nature’s wrath, with heavy rain, wind and coastal flooding during this latest nor’easter. Its a trifecta of trouble that will hurt towns already damaged from the October hurricane.

“We are still cleaning up here, clearing lagoons of sand and debris left behind by Superstorm Sandy,” said Paul Daley, acting coordinator for the Toms River Office of Emergency Management. “Once that is cleaned up and cleared out I think that is going to help us a lot,” he added.

He said residents at the shore that live on or nearby the water are used to these types of storms.

“Its the other sections of town, areas that we are not used to seeing flooding and water that are becoming a major challenge for us.”

Daley said clearing sand and debris takes time and money, both of which are not an option right now.

“That kind of clean up doesn’t happen overnight, so it will take some time to get that done.”

Most of the dunes damaged by Superstorm Sandy have been repaired, Daley said.

“The dunes in Ortley Beach and on the private beaches have been replenished and are holding up, but the problem is they don’t do anything to stop or help the flooding from the back bays.”

With the frequency of storms in New Jersey in recent years, he said at this point, the township is already prepared for the next storm.

“We are always ready and waiting, emergency management is on standby. We just hope this is not the new norm.”

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