Ocean City Survived Hurricane Sandy With Relatively Light Damage

Posted on October 30, 2012

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PICNIC CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE. This is shoreline flooding at the edge of Sinepuxent Bay in West Ocean City Monday afternoon, during wind, rain and storm surge from Hurricane Sandy, offshore in the Atlantic. Note, this photo was taken at LOW TIDE! Flooding was more extensive at high tide Monday morning, and again Monday evening. However, Monday evening flooding was not as bad as expected because of strong wind pushing against the tide. There’s also a pier out there under the water, as indicated by the pilings. You can see the tip of a second pier and two more benches if you look closely at top left. The skyline of Ocean City is shrouded in rain across the bay.

UPDATE — SURREAL AFTER-THE-STORM PHOTOS FROM OCEAN CITY AT WORK IN PROGRESS

Today is a good day to give thanks to God. The Eastern Shore of Maryland has come through Hurricane Sandy with no reported fatalities on the Shore.

The Route 50 Bridge and the Route 90 Bridge are open. Public transportation is being restored in Ocean City.

Ocean City, Maryland, has dodged the bullet of a serious hurricane for the second year in a row. Lots of debris to be cleaned up on the island. The resort town suffered minor property damage, I’m not sure how much. I understand the dune line survived the storm for the most part, with some damage. Erosion on the beach and the dunes still to be assessed.

Property owners may collect storm debris and place it at the curb (not blocking driveways or fire hydrants) for pickup by the Public Works Dept. through Nov. 6

Generally speaking the streets of Ocean City and West Ocean City are mostly NOT flooded today, Tuesday. I’m sure there are exceptions on the bay side of Ocean City, especially along St. Louis Ave. downtown.

I was amazed that we had no serious street flooding in my immediate neighborhood of West Ocean City at high tide Monday night or Tuesday morning. We have another high tide this evening, and hopefully our luck will hold out. Property on the bay side of Ocean City (the island) suffered more flooding, I think, than we did in West Ocean City.

The wind continues quite blustery. It’s overcast, and the rain has ended for the most part. We can expect higher than normal wind, and some rain, to continue for Tuesday and Wednesday, along with continued rough surf and localized flooding in low-lying areas.

The center and the most intense parts of Hurricane Sandy hit incredibly close to Maryland. The eye made landfall Monday evening in New Jersey and went west near Wilmington, Del., and across the northeast corner of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. Every part of Maryland experienced severe storm conditions, especially wind and rain. Somerset County and the town of Crisfield on the lower part of the Chesapeake, as well as other shoreline areas along the bay, may have received as much or more damage than we received here on the ocean side.

Many trees are down throughout Maryland, and several hundred thousands of homes have lost power at one point or another. Amazingly, we had no major power outages in Ocean City or West Ocean City. It was quite eerie to see bright street lights all along Baltimore Avenue Monday night, while the town was virtually deserted.

The ocean shores of New Jersey have been devastated, Gov. Chris Christie reports. That could just as well have been Ocean City. There but for the grace of God. I wish the people of New Jersey and the New York City region a quick return to normal, and success with rebuilding.

Here in Maryland, Gov. Martin O’Malley was monitoring conditions at disaster headquarters throughout the storm, and he did an excellent job of keeping the people of Maryland well-informed throughout. I am also very impressed by the way Mayor Rick Meehan and other town officials handled the emergency in Ocean City.

Of course thousands of public workers and emergency workers throughout Maryland, Baltimore, and Ocean City worked long hours and in many cases provided service under dangerous conditions, The government workers deserve our gratitude. Without their support and maintenance of our massive web of infrastructure, civilization and business would not be possible. They all deserve a raise, in my opinion. We take our infrastructure in all its complex detail too much for granted.

Here’s a Hurricane Sandy Post from a blogger in Cecil County, MD.

I hope to post more storm-related photos later today.

— John Hayden

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