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Ocean City Prepared for Moderate to Severe Flooding

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Edgewater Avenue in Ocean City underwater Friday afternoon. (Photo: Bill Mich) Edgewater Avenue in Ocean City underwater Friday afternoon. (Photo: Bill Mich)

OCEAN CITY, Md. - Town and emergency officials Friday in Ocean City said they expect moderate to severe flooding in town over the next few days because of the storm.

Friday, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan announced that the beach is closed until further notice.  Meehan also said Ocean City's Emergency Operations Center was open and will be open 24/7 during the next few days as the storm passes over the area.

As Friday morning's press conference with town and emergency officials wrapped up, high tide was approaching.  A short time later, many streets were filling with water, some of them impassable, particularly near the inlet and bayside.  Neighbors like Maria Caraballo told WBOC the amount of flooding was not something they have seen for a few years.

"When we had Sandy. It scares me. it scares me pretty bad that uh, again, you know, that we would have to leave our home too," said Caraballo.

Emergency officials in Ocean City also compared the potential of this flooding to what happened during Hurricane Sandy, particularly during high tide.

"It should be quite similar to the highest tides that we saw during Hurricane Sandy. And if you want to equate that into simple terms, there's going to be a few feet of water in those areas that are susceptible to flooding," said Joe Theobald, the Emergency Services Director of Ocean City.

By Friday afternoon, the surf had reached the seawall along the boardwalk at 8th street.  There were a few people taking in the sights on the boardwalk, including Vinnie Del Vecchio who said he was lived in Ocean City for decades and in situations like this, you just hope for the best.

"Pray. And recognize that the sea is awesome and it is nothing to play with and to be very weary of it," said Del Vecchio.

As of Friday afternoon, there were no mandatory evacuations in Ocean City, but emergency officials said there was no reason for anyone who does not feel safe during the storm to stay in town.

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