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Jersey Shore Begins Preparations For Hurricane Sandy

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By Robin Rieger

MARGATE, N.J. (CBS) – Margate Public Works crews will make over a thousand sandbags to give out at the Public Works yard.

In other areas of the yard, trucks sit fueled up and equipment has been checked so it’s ready to go if Hurricane Sandy’s impact along the Jersey Shore is damaging.

Plastic reusable sand bags created when water is added to a polymer mix are also available.

“We’ll give you as many as you want, just come over and pick them up,” says Public Works director Frank Ricciotti.

He says Public Works crews on front end loaders have also spent the day on the beaches moving sand to bulk heads to keep the storm surge from reaching the streets.

“We will be piling up as much sand as possible along the beach front,” explains Ricciotti.

He says it may be too early to predict the exact path of the storm, but never to early for residents to prepare.

“If electric goes out have food on hand and plenty of water and when I say plenty I mean at least for a few days,” Ricciotti begins. “You should have batteries [and] you should have a transistor radio just so you know what’s going on around you.”

He says high winds are expected so residents should take a good look around their property

“Anything that’s loose you would want to button down. Projectiles do the most damage around here,” he explains.

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