Ocean City officials are now in the process of assessing the town in the wake of Hurricane Irene and plan to reopen the community as soon as is possible. At daylight a full assessment will be carried out. No injuries have been reported.
Power outages are still reported in some areas of the community. The wastewater plant, which had been shut down as the storm approached, is in the process of being put back into service.
The eye of Hurricane Irene passed Ocean City within 50 miles in the early morning hours on Sunday. Localized flooding was reported as sustained winds reached 60 mph, with top wind speed recorded at 80 mph. Rainfall amount totaled 12 inches.
Ocean City will remain closed to all persons until a full damage assessment can be made and any unsafe conditions secured.
All incoming traffic to Ocean City, Maryland, continues to be limited to emergency personnel. No other vehicles will be permitted entry to the island, except by approved authority (Mayor, City Manager and Emergency Services Director).
Updated information will be posted on the Town’s website, www.oceancitymd.gov, the Emergency Services recorded information line at 410-723-6666, facebook.com/oceancity and on Twitter @ townofoceancity. You can receive our twitter messages via text on your smartphone! Text follow TownofOceanCity to 40404 in the United States.