Coastal Storm Could Thrash Those Still Rebuilding In OC - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Coastal Storm Could Thrash Those Still Rebuilding In OC

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Alyana Gomez at Fager's Island Alyana Gomez at Fager's Island
Joseph Theobald Joseph Theobald
John Fager, Owner of Fager's Island John Fager, Owner of Fager's Island

OCEAN CITY, Md. - Coastal areas of Delmarva are still dealing with damage from the soaking it took from Superstorm Sandy, and with the oncoming storm likely to cause moderate to severe flooding, Ocean City officials are hunkering down and encouraging residents to do the same.

"Nor'easters sometimes are forgotten, and the public doesn't pay close enough attention to it. This is one of the storms, I think, they need to pay attention to," said Emergency Services Director, Joseph Theobald.

Back in October, most of the pier at Fager's Island was ripped apart, including the gazebo at the end of it. With high winds and high surge expected, owners say they hope what has been rebuilt, doesn't get thrashed with another devastating storm.

"The main structure part of it right now, which is the pier, the under pinnings and the piling have all been beefed up and have really strong hurricane straps on it," said John Fager, Owner of Fager's Island.

He tells WMDT they still have half a million dollars in claims from Sandy, pending.

The iconic fishing pier doesn't appear to be anywhere near fixed, after the 100-foot stretch was ripped to pieces by the Superstorm. With 8 to 12 foot waves expected, what little work is done, could take yet another beating.

High tide in Ocean City is expected around 3:45 Thursday morning. Storm surge is expected to be around two to three feet. No evacuations have been ordered at this time, but officials say residents living in low-lying areas should consider moving to higher ground.

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