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Ocean City Providing Online Tools for Hurricane Season

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 OCEAN CITY, Md.- Hurricane season is here and  town officials are urging residents and tourists to "know your zone" in the event of emergency.

The town is divided into four geographic divisions which are all color-coded on a new interactive map that can be found on Ocean City's website. The map runs from the south end of town to the Delaware line and using symbols to identify flood risk.

Officials said it is important to know your zone and division because it will make you aware if and when you have to evacuate the town.

David Orwig of Pennsylvania agrees.

"Down at the beach here, obviously with a hurricane, just about everybody could be subject to some type of flooding and high winds, so it's important to know where you stand," Orwig said.

According to the map, the "red division" runs from the inlet to 33rd St., the "yellow division" runs from 33rd St. to 62nd St. The "blue division" runs from 62nd St. to 100th St. The "orange division" runs from 100th St. to the Delaware line.

The red division is located in the 4' flood inundation zone. The yellow division is in the 5' flood inundation zone and the blue  division is in the 6' zone.

"It would be good to know and be proactive, if you're looking to buy a property or upgrade your property, whatever the case may be, to know those things," Orwig said.  

Back in 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused  severe flooding and forced the city to implement a phase four evacuation level from 17th Street to the inlet, located on the southern part of town. Phase four is the highest of all evacuation levels

Hurricane season starts today and ends Nov. 30th. 
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