BARNEGAT, NJ - Year after year, readers turn to the Old Farmer’s Almanac for long range weather forecasts. This winter’s predictions calls for plenty of white-outs that were due to start before Thanksgiving. Experts place the odds of the publication’s accuracy at just 52 percent. Nonetheless, Barnegat is more than prepared for any snow emergency.

“We have 22 plows that are ready to move into action,” shared Barnegat Deputy Mayor Pat Pipi.  “Seven of them are extremely large plows.”

According to Pipi, the Public Works Department has other equipment in place in the event of a snowstorm of any magnitude. This includes ten salt trucks and two brine trucks.

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“We also have 200 tons of salt on hand,” continued Pipi. “In addition, we have 3,000 gallons of brine.”

With all of the vehicles in great shape, maintenance personnel are busy working on getting their new shop organized within the recently reconstructed public works building.

After the weather breaks, the focus changes to fixing storm drains that need repairs. Attention will also be devoted to the following local roads that need to be repaved:

  • Fairway Drive
  • Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Ridgeway Street
  • First Street
  • Broad Street
  • Lower Shore Road

“There may be other roads, especially in the Timber section that may need work,” Pipi said.

Whether the Old Farmer’s Almanac is right or wrong remains to be seen.  However, one thing is certain. Barnegat is ready.