COUNTY: TONS OF ROCK SALT READY FOR TODAY'S STORM

Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. announced that the Office of Emergency Management activated its EOC Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 7 a.m. and continues to monitor the storm system.  Freeholder Sheets said, “Precautionary measures have been put in place and county road crews are working to clear county roads and bridges.”

County road crews began salting bridges and roads Sunday morning and will continue throughout the day. Although roads and bridges are being treated, hazardous conditions still exist and caution should be used when traveling.

The County has approximately 3,000 tons of salt housed at four locations in the County. Twenty of the county’s thirty salting trucks have been deployed to spread salt on the County’s approximately 210 miles of County roads and 28 bridges (22 County Bridges and 6 Cape May County Bridge Commission bridges).  The County Road Department uses personnel from other Departments and has approximately 50 staff members available to combat the winter weather conditions.

When the first snowflakes start falling, the County crews pre-treat the bridge and major intersections.  The crews begin plowing operations and suspend salting when snowfall reaches 1½ to 2-inches and more is expected.  Salting operations resume when the storm reduces in intensity resulting in snow showers.  The crews continue with the ice and snow removal until the storm event is over and the road can be safely traveled.

Any County government closings will be posted to the County’s website www.capemaycountygov.net and available on local media outlets.

The Court House Library will be closed today due to the inclement weather.  Under normal conditions, the library is open on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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