After enduring Hurricane Sandy’s arrival and diligently working to assess the resulting damage in Ocean City, Mayor Rick Meehan has lifted the Declaration of Emergency. The Declaration of Emergency was declared on Sunday, October 28, in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy.
The order to close the beach is no longer in effect and the Inlet Lot is currently open for residents and visitors. Town of Ocean City services, including trash pick-up and transportation, have been restored to normal schedules. In addition, the State of Maryland currently has a contractor on the beach that is responsible for debris removal, clean up, sand fence replacement and dune crossover repair for the entire beach north of 27th Street. Residents and businesses who wish to discard storm related debris can place debris on the curb, where citizens normally place trash (out of the way of driveways, street ways and fire hydrants) and Public Works employees will conduct pickup on November 5 and November 6. No storm related debris collection will take place this weekend, Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4.
Currently, representatives from the Town of Ocean City’s Emergency Services staff and Ocean City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers are on scene in Crisfield to assist their community as needed. The formal request of assistance, which came from the State of Maryland, was to primarily offer support with the sheltering operation and serving as a point of distribution for food and water. In addition, the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Department has sent three volunteers and a utility pick-up to assist with Somerset County’s Hazmat operation.
Again, the Town of Ocean City wants to thank the residents, businesses and visitors for following the advice of the officials and offering patience as the city assess the damage after the storm. Due to the preparedness of the citizens and the employees, the Ocean City community experienced zero storm related injuries and minimal city-wide damage.