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Ocean City, Md. Residents Ordered To Evacuate

AP/The Huffington Post  
First Posted: 08/25/11 10:12 PM ET Updated: 10/25/11 06:12 AM ET

According to Ocean City, Maryland's website, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan has signed a proclamation declaring a local State of Emergency.

The website stated that the region was expecting to be significantly impacted by Hurricane Irene, with "significant flooding in low-level areas." As of 3:15 p.m. on 8/25, the town offered the following:

Ocean City Municipal Transportation System is providing transportation for special needs individuals. For special needs transportation, please call Ocean City Transportation at 410-723-1606. International student workforce evacuation continues and will be completed by tomorrow morning.

The Ocean City Government Cable Access Channel 4, the Ocean City website www.ocmdemergency.com, recorded emergency management line, 410-723-6666 and Ocean City advisory radio station 1670 AM will remain operational for further advisories.

BY BRIAN WITTE, OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) -- Ocean City officials have ordered thousands of residents and visitors to evacuate the Maryland beachfront community, and the state's governor has declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Irene approaches.

Mayor Rick Meehan says phase three of the hurricane action plan goes into effect at midnight. Anyone other than emergency personnel is ordered to leave.

Meehan says there are probably about 125,000 to 150,000 people in Ocean City. He said officials had already been urging visitors to head home, but now they are telling the 7,000 or so residents in town to seek shelter elsewhere.

Meehan is also banning the sale of alcohol and requests that all businesses close by midnight.

No vehicles except emergency vehicles and those approved by the mayor, city manager or emergency services director will be permitted entry.


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