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Aerial Tour of Ocean City Shows Major Storm Damage

Hurricane Sandy left eroded beaches, flooded streets and damaged structures.

Two days after a massive coastal storm caused record flooding in Ocean City, a tour of the island by helicopter shows the extent of the damage.

All Ocean City beaches from Corson's Inlet to Great Egg Harbor Inlet appear to have suffered extensive erosion — with dune systems completely wiped out at the north and south ends. Sand-covered streets show the reach of the ocean during the storm — the ocean met the bay throughout much of the southern end of the island.

The Ocean City Boardwalk and island homes and businesses appear to have escaped devastating damage, but they were not completely spared. From smashed windows at the end of the Ocean City Music Pier to missing Boardwalk ramps to damaged beachfront homes, the storm did leave extensive damage.

Check out the videos in the gallery above that move from Corson's Inlet to Great Egg Harbor Inlet then back along the bayside and downtown.

(With thanks to Neil and Susan Kaye.)

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See also a gallery of still images from the same helicopter tour (courtesy of the Kayes): Hurricane Sandy 1 and Hurricane Sandy 2

See also this aerial footage from 6-ABC Action News.


Colleen Dougherty November 01, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I can not adequately express how valuable your coverage of Ocean City is, especially during times such as these. It is not only for the pertinent info but for my own piece of mind and ease of tension and anxiety that I am so very grateful. Even those words sound hallow compared to the gratitude and appreciation I feel in my heart. Thank you to all the kind, caring, compassionate residents posting reassuring photos and words of comfort to the discussion board. The uniqueness of our town and the beautiful spirit of our neighbors and fellow residents will always endure. Thank you Doug, for
Tom November 01, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I just received this update from one of the realtors in town. Hmmmm... :-/ "For the most part Ocean City fared well through the storm and most parts of the island have little or no real damage. However, the far south and north ends were hit hardest and have a minimum of debris and overwash issues and some actual property damage. We anticipate that the city will continue to restore full access to all parts of the island quickly and that the full clean up process will occur as quickly as well. We do not anticipate any lasting effects to our beautiful island or to our rental activities."
joe m November 01, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Stop trying to prosper from others misfortunes
joe m November 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Stop trying to prosper from others misfortunes
Neil Kaye November 01, 2012 at 07:38 PM
160 aerial photos of the island are available at www.oceancitybeachfrontrental.com and click on the links that say Hurricane Sandy 1 and Hurricane Sandy 2. These are the still photos that go with the videos and include the missing segment around 17th St.
Christina Hwa November 01, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Can anybody update me with the 4th street area? Right next the broad walk...Im concerned
Howard Rahmlow November 01, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Neil - Maybe just me, but I dont see the missing 17th street photos or videos - Great work even if you dont have it.
fogcity54 November 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Howard and Neil- I don't see 17th street photos either. Neil if they are there, perhaps you could post what pictures numbers. Thank you.
Robert S Moreland November 01, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I was in OC yesterday to check out my home between 39th and 40th on West. No wind damage. I am on the second floor and all is OK, even had electricity. The first floor had water, but seems like only the carpet was damaged, no other apparent problems. But a word of warning, my downstairs neighbors had electricity but their circuit breakers popped. When I reset them, I heard a sizzling sound. They had an extension cord on the floor that apparently got wet. When I turned their power back on, the wet extension cord got really hot and if I was not there it may have started a fire. I unplugged everything. So if you had any water enter your home on the first floor, please check your extension cords and outlets. What was amazing to me was the wonderful condition of almost all homes I drove past. Did not go into the lagoons or south of 40th, but other than debris and first floor water damage, we dodged a huge bullet. And to add to the others - Doug and the Patch - you have been a lifeline.
Cheryl Platco November 02, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Anybody know how Central Ave between 9th and 10th streets faired? Got a house in there. Have not been able to travel there to see.
OCPete November 02, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Just posted a couple of pictures of 4th & the Boardwalk (above). One shows the ramp to the beach with the dunes gone. One shows the sand level behind Oves, and the other shows the sand beneath the first house behind Ove's on the south side of the street.
Patches November 02, 2012 at 01:09 AM
For anybody interested, I received word that the middle of the 800 block of St James Place had a high water mark of second step - no water in first floor! I think most of our decks/front doors are about 4 steps up. GREAT relief. Wishing you all such good fortune.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire. OC community. Our most favorite vacation place in the world. Thank you to the Patch for doing a great job keeping us informed
Eric Sauder November 02, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Cheryl I don't know for sure but the downtown (Asbury) was under water.
Eric Sauder November 02, 2012 at 01:38 AM
There's about 4 foot of sand on Third but Fourth Street on the beach block was passable. As I recall I came up 5th Street (heading into work) and saw furniture and appliances on the curb. A lot of those homes are close to street level though. If your house is elevated you should be OK.
Eric Sauder November 02, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Yeah I think there was around 1 to 2 foot of water there but its a whole lot better than Central which is now sand covered. The dunes breached from around 50th South. I know someone who lives at 48 and Central and his place was OK. But it's worse as you go South of there.
Neil Kaye November 02, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Fogcity54-I went through the photos with the photographer and she didn't get 17th street as she was changing lenses. Sorry. By my memory things looked good despite some water still on the street.
Eric Sauder November 02, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I'll check on it tomorrow.
Eric Sauder November 02, 2012 at 02:15 AM
I work at Gardens Plaza and will take a look tonight.
Eric Sauder November 02, 2012 at 02:21 AM
I drove thru there today and talked to some of the residents. One resident stated that a 3 foot wall of water came thru. There's stuff on the street (mattresses, appliances, furniture, etc.) But it probably depends on exactly where you live and how high your house is elevated. I talked to other residents and they were OK (no water in the living area).
Eric Sauder November 02, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Doris the pier is mostly gone (see pics) as are the sand dunes (for the most part).
Eric Sauder November 02, 2012 at 02:35 AM
BTW I'd remove your street address from Patch. I'll respond to an earlier post.
Eric Sauder November 02, 2012 at 12:35 PM
OK. Your place is fine. I didn't see any wind damage and the water line on your garage doors is less than a foot. There are cars parked there so maybe you're back on the island.
Eric Sauder November 02, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Fourth Street in the boardwalk block looks fine. The only damage I saw was a stair rail down.
Jim November 02, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Maureen, all disaster relief is geared toward homeowners, if it is a second home or rental property, you will not get much help from anywhere. I am in Nashville and lost a rental property in our 2010 flood. No FEMA, no Red Cross, you may be eligible for SBA loan, but the bureacracy and incompetance was unbelievable so I passed. You can claim a casualty loss on your taxes which is pretty big. I grew up in PA, visit OC every summer, live in Nashville.
Cheryl Platco November 02, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Thanks Eric! Can't thank you enough.
frank ruch November 02, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I just want to apologize to the 2nd homeowners for all the terrible things I have said about them in the paast. We are all in this together and I have been so wrong and so ignorant so mean spirited. I am so sorry
Jennie November 03, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Great footage! Thank you so much for all of the photos and news that you guys have been posting. I wish we had gotten to see from the Yacht Club to 4th street on the Bay side. :(
ME November 08, 2012 at 02:56 AM
We have rented at 3829 central for many years. Would love to know if the house made it through okay.
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