Ocean City Today

City Council recognizes Texas’ woes

Help from Ocean City could be called later
By Katie Tabeling | Aug 31, 2017
Photo by: Katie Tabeling

(Sept. 1, 2017) Although, Ocean City has not sent rescue crews out to areas hit by Hurricane Harvey, the City Council draped the Texas flag across the dais during Tuesday’s work session.

“It’s a heartfelt way to say from one coastal resort town to another, Texas and the first responders are in our thoughts and prayers,” said Council Secretary Mary Knight, who borrowed the flag from Kite Loft manager Christopher Rudolph.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast last Friday with winds as high as 130 mph. In the days that followed, the storm set a record rainfall of 51.88 inches that left roughly a third of Harris County under water.

As of Thursday, federal and local agencies airlifted 13,000 people out of the floodwaters in the Houston area and at least 37 people have died.

City Manager Doug Miller said that the resort has not sent help, but he expects a call for assistance will come shortly.

“I believe that the requests from Maryland will be for help with the clean-up phase of the disaster,” he said. “We are too far away to send resources to deal with water rescues and other immediate needs. But as Texas recovers, they will need help with coordinating the various aspects of that recovery and that’s where Maryland may be able to help.”

Ocean City residents can lend a helping hand by donating blood to the Blood Bank of Delmarva in Salisbury. Earlier this week, Texas blood banks made an urgent request for more than 2,000 units of blood. People with O Positive, O Negative, A Negative and B Negative blood types are asked to donate.

Call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visit donate.bbd.org to make an appointment.


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