A message from Mayor Jay Gillian:
A major coastal storm is on its way, and I want everybody to be prepared. We’re still monitoring the outlook, but the current forecast calls for everything from high winds to tidal flooding starting tonight and continuing through Sunday.
As with most storms, one of our primary concerns is with flooded streets. There’s a chance of minor flooding on Friday, but the biggest concern will be on Saturday morning, according to the latest forecasts.
We’re asking everybody to keep an eye out on the streets and be prepared to move vehicles to higher ground. The roads closer to the beach are at higher elevation for parking, and they also offer the safest routes of travel. Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora has graciously extended an invitation for Ocean City residents to use their parking lot.
Remember, for your safety and to protect your cars and neighboring properties, never try to drive through flood waters. In addition to the usual dangers, many roads are currently under construction and flood waters could be hiding uneven surfaces and other hazards.
The forecast calls for winds beyond 50 mph on Friday. It’s a good idea to make sure your phones and electronic devices are charged up now, in the event of a power outage.
Please check in on your neighbors and make sure they are OK and their properties are secure.
Many events have been postponed due to the forecast:
The Ocean City Education Foundation “Benefit by the Beach” (originally scheduled for Friday, March 2) will now be held on April 13.
The Ocean City Fire Department Swearing-In Ceremony (originally scheduled for Friday, March 2) will be postponed to a date still to be determined.
The “Fridays With Friends” event for local youth (originally scheduled for Friday, March 2 at the Civic Center) will be cancelled. The final “Friday With Friends” for the school year will be held March 16 at the Ocean City Community Center.
The Ocean City Intermediate School Fishing Flea Market (originally scheduled for Saturday, March 3) will be cancelled.
I will continue to provide updates and information as the forecast develops. For Police and Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.