(NEW YORK) — The New Jersey Shore, one of the hardest hit areas from Super Storm Sandy in 2012, is now bracing for potential flooding in this weekend’s impending snow storm.
A coastal flood warning has been issued for Delaware, New Jersey and the southern coast of Long Island.
But the worst coastal flooding and erosion is expected in southern New Jersey, where some coastal areas could see record flood levels.
This video shows a drone flying over emergency dune construction on Belmar, New Jersey’s beach Thursday, in preparation for the weekend:
Officials are also building up sand dunes in Toms River, New Jersey, where hundreds of first responders are on standby, according to ABC station WABC-TV in New York.
“We’re going to get the flooding and we’re going to get the high winds,” Paul Daley of the Toms River Office of Emergency Management said, according to WABC-TV. “These are high water rescue trucks…we did learn some things from Sandy — we didn’t have enough of these and we had to actually borrow from other towns.”
Further south, in Barnegat Township, New Jersey, a voluntary evacuation is available for residents who may have difficulty leaving the area, WABC-TV reported.
“The concern is that people who stay in the area aren’t going to be able to get out until the waters recede later on Sunday,” said Lt. Keith Germain of the Barnegat Police Department, according to WABC-TV.
Germain said they’re also worried about power outages.
As the shore prepares for the storm, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who’s in New Hampshire campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination, said Friday morning he may return to his state.
“I may go back. Let me be clear, I never made any decision not to go back,” Christie said. “I’ll make a decision at that time as to what I’m going to do as we get a better handle on it.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, told CNN Friday morning that Christie “needs to come back.”
Christie said he’ll make the final decision later today.
“This is not something that New Jersey hasn’t dealt with multiple times every winter for every winter that I’ve been governor and this has been a state that has dealt with Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy,” said Christie.
The projection models are not reliable enough to know how hard New Jersey will be hit, he said, but said a foot of snow is not something his state isn’t prepared to handle.
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