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Cape May County preps for possible snow

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE -

Snowplows and plenty of salt have been ready to go all day for the first snow of 2013 in Cape May County.

County officials say crews are prepared to work around the clock.

"The county road department is prepared, its been checking all the trucks and equipment," said Director of Communications for Cape May County Lenora Boninfante.

"There are 17 trucks available to go out tonight and crews have been staggered so that they will be able to work overnight to salt the roads or plow if needed."

Boninfante says the county has 2,500 tons of salt on hand for Thursday's storm.

Typically 600 tons are used during a heavy snow.

Measures to prevent roads from freezing have been underway since this afternoon and will continue to evolve depending on the amount of snow or ice seen in the county.

"Right now we're prepared for either type of event. Salting will be done first and plowing if needed if it is a snow event," said Boninfante.

And even though any significant snow has not begun to fall, officials in Cape May County are not going to back off their efforts to ensure the county's roadways and 26 bridges are safe.

"Our county engineer, the road department, and all county departments have protocol and they're all on standby and ready to go if needed," said Boninfante.

And even if the winter weather doesn't amount to much, Boninfante says the county is taking a better safe than sorry approach to ensure the safety of county residents.

"Well preparedness is the most important thing in any type of emergency so you need to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best and that's what the county does."

Crews will be available around the clock should road conditions worsen during the possible snowstorm.

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