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Monday, October 29, 2012

Downtown OC Flooded, Storm Surge Largest Since Hurricane Gloria

OCEAN CITY, Md. - The City of Ocean City held a press conference earlier this morning. As of 10 a.m., all public transportation into the city is closed.
The Route 50 bridge into Ocean City is shut off and the only access point into Ocean City is the Route 90 Bridge. There is severe flooding downtown, we are told about three-to-four feet deep at some points.
Because of this, officials say all roadways south of Route 90, that is 62nd Street to the inlet are closed off. Officials say the two biggest concerns: storm surge and flooding.
"We are experiencing storm conditions we anticipated probably at a level of storm surge and wave action that we haven't seen here since Hurricane Gloria," said Mayor Rick Meehan.
"We're going to run into those 40 mph sustained winds. Could we hit hurricane gusts? We may. You run from the water and you hide from the wind," said Joe Theobald, Emergency Services Director.
Officials tell us that they did go door to door to every resident and business from 17th Street South. We're told that only about 20 percent of people did evacuate. Around 200 residents still remain in the emergency evacuation area.

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