OCEAN CITY, Md.- Emergency beach repairs were underway Tuesday as Ocean City began to recover from January's winter storm. A partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and town allowed for the emergency repairs to begin.
The Army Corp of Engineers released its initial assessment of the damage to the beaches last week. The damage repairs are estimated at $21 million. A total of 880,000 cubic yards of sand was lost as a result of the winter storm.
Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan said this total reflects damage of repairs just to the beaches. He said the town has not released its official estimate yet, because information for damages to homeowners and businesses is still being gathered.
The town is asking all businesses and homeowners affected by the winter storm to contact the Office of Emergency Management and provide it with the damage information. More specifically, the type and extent of loss experienced, including losses of revenue for businesses due to closures.
Kyle Nichols, who works at the Burgundy Inn in Ocean City, said, "We're taking a lot of reservations now for the summer season, because we have to start early and everyday we weren't in the office getting calls those customers booked elsewhere."
The mayor said the town plans to have its damage totals soon, once the businesses and homeowners information is gathered. The deadline to contact the Office of Emergency Management with that information is March 4. Meehan said the focus now is getting the beaches ready ahead of the Memorial Day holiday.