mc winter truck prepPublic Works crews monitoring storm

PHOTO: Monmouth County has 135 trucks outfitted with spreading and plowing capabilities.

FREEHOLD, NJ – Meteorologists are predicting hazardous weather this weekend in Monmouth County and the Department of Public Works and Engineering is monitoring the situation and prepared to take action.

“The County’s snow room will open this evening and we are monitoring the storm’s progress and we have 135 trucks outfitted with spreading and plowing capabilities,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “Our process helps us manage the personnel needed at the County’s ten highway districts and dispatch crews as needed.”

According to the National Weather Service, heavy snow, strong winds and coastal flooding are expected in Monmouth County from Friday night through Sunday morning.

“The weather predictions vary from the coast to the western part of the County, but everyone will see hazardous weather,” said Arnone. “If you must be on the roads, please exercise caution and if you come across plows and sand trucks, make sure to give them room to do their work.”

Just as the County Public Works crews prepare and plan for winter storms, residents should prepare and plan as well.

“Now is the time to make sure your home and your vehicle are ready for whatever weather comes our way,” said Freeholder Deputy Director DiMaso, liaison to the County Office of Emergency Management. “Make sure that you have snow shovels, snow brushes and rock salt or one of the more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways.”

Environmental Protection Agency has a complete list of recommended products that are safe for the environment and your home.

Ready.gov, the national emergency preparedness website has many resources and checklists to help residents plan and prepare for storms and other emergencies. Links to these resources are available on the Monmouth County website. You can also follow Monmouth County Government on Facebook and Twitter for emergency information.

The County maintains about 1,000 lane miles of roads.