Ocean City has already begun to assess the damage throughout town to determine the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the area. Expected flooding in the downtown area resulted in the closure of the Route 50 Bridge, which has remained closed since Saturday, October 28. Due to high wind, the Route 90 bridge was closed temporarily last night, however; is open at this time. Residents, businesses owners and visitors can enter Ocean City through Route 90, although access south of 62ndStreet remains closed. The beaches will remain closed until further notice.
The United States Coast Guard has restricted all access to the bay, with the exception of emergency and rescue boats. Currently, Town of Ocean City employees are working with the Maryland State Highway Association to assess damage to the downtown area and determine when it is safe to re-open the area. According to Delmarva Power, the two circuits that were preemptively de-energized yesterday in the downtown area have been restored.
Initial reports of damage indicate severe loss of the Ocean City Fishing Pier and an impaired light pole which fell, temporarily blocking the entrance to the Public Work Department. Since yesterday, October 30, Ocean City emergency personnel responded to 231 calls for service and relocated approximately 49 citizens during the storm.
Town of Ocean City employees are working diligently with partnering agencies to complete the mandated damage assessment to allow residents and businesses into the downtown area as soon as possible. Currently, there is no need for volunteer services, however; if you wish to call with questions, inquiries or concerns you may contact the Communications Office at 410.289.8967.
The next scheduled update is expected at approximately 1 p.m. today.
A media briefing has been scheduled for 4 p.m. today.