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OC Prepares for Beach Erosion and Flooding

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Ocean City beachfront properties (Photo: WBOC) Ocean City beachfront properties (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md. As Delmarva prepares for a possible hurricane, Ocean City property owners must be ready for possible flooding or beach erosion. 

Lee Gerachis owns Malibu's surf shop, right on the OC boardwalk. He said he's ready for the potential wrath of Hurricane Joaquin this weekend because he's been here for many hurricanes in the past.

"The water comes up very quickly when the tide, the moon, everything lines up, it can be rough," he described. "We've had a lot of flooding, [Hurricane] Gloria removed the boardwalk in front of the building here, it took the whole porch out, so Gloria was probably one of the most damaging ones."

Ocean City officials hope others are ready as well.

"We're putting all of our preparations in place now and we're asking the public to do the same," Jessica Waters, Ocean City's communications manager said. "To start to be prepared and stay informed."

In 1994, the town of Ocean City built a seawall of dunes and dune crossovers to protect the boardwalk and properties along it in case of massive tidal storms.

Gerachis said it has helped deal with beach erosion, but the water still comes in.

"The dunes stop a lot of the the surf coming over, but for us obviously a lot of it is the seawall," he explained. "But when it comes up man, all of that sand's gone... so it can be gone in one evening."

"We've seen it work, and we hope that it works again," Waters said. "We always hope that we don't need to use those measures but certainly it's a chance and we'll be prepared if that's the case."

Ocean City has an interactive map online so residents and visitors can see if their property is susceptible to large amounts of flooding.

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