Volunteers Help Clean Up OCMD After Storm Damages Beach, Pier

OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ) — The blizzard has come and gone, but damage left behind is keeping crews in Ocean City very busy.

Now a team of volunteers are lending a hand to get to resort town back to normal.

Jessica Kartalija has more on their efforts.

The good news is according to town officials, reports show minimal damage to the resort town. But there’s still a lot of cleaning up to do.

The inlet parking lots looks a lot like the beach, as public works crew move and dump tons of sand.

“You couldn’t even see boards on the boardwalk,” one resident said.

Volunteers are meeting every afternoon this week trying to get the beach town back to normal.

They’re doing a really good job,” said another resident.

Ocean water was seen coming down the streets in a video sent by a WJZ viewer during the storm.

Flooding splintered fences and tore away part of the fishing pier.

Yet again, the hope is to have it ready for summer.

Ocean City resident Bob Banach called for extra hands to help cleanup crews.

“When I saw what the storm was leaving here on the beach, I had to do something,” Banach said. “I couldn’t leave it like that.”

While city officials say damage could have been worse, beach erosion is a big concern.

Banach is urging residents to give an hour of their time to help get the beach back to normal.

Volunteers are happy to help.

“Because I live here — I’ve live here for 5 years — and this is our home,” said another resident.

Ocean City officials are asking residents and visitors to avoid parts of the boardwalk and other area while crews are working.

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