Beach Patrol watches for flooding in Ocean City

Beach Patrol is monitoring the water levels, especially during high tide.

OCEAN CITY, MD (WUSA9) - Authorities in Ocean City are keeping an eye on the ocean Sunday night as high tide sets in. It could cause flooding.

Local emergency crews are on standby to make sure everyone stays safe.

Beachgoers were let down Saturday when Hermine stopped them from swimming in the water, but on Sunday the Ocean City Beach Patrol gave the go-ahead to families to enter the water.

"I really do enjoy the beach,” one person said. “It's like my favorite place to be."

The LaFollettes, of Winchester, Virginia, have vacationed in Ocean City with extended family for more than two decades.

They had a feeling yesterday that if they just stuck out the storm, they might just have an opportunity to enjoy the beach.

"I said to my husband, Robbie, we're not leaving,” she said. “We're going to man the ship."

The Beach Patrol only let people into the water up to their knees. Lifeguards kept an eye on tourists from atop dozens of stands and ATVs.

"The currents are bad right now, but they're not as bad moving along the shore, so we're not as worried about rip currents right now,” said Captain Butch Arbin of the Ocean City, Maryland, Beach Patrol.

“Our biggest concern is really the next few days," he added.

In the coming days, the ocean may not look treacherous but it could be a different story altogether underneath the waves. The Beach Patrol doesn't want inexperienced swimmers to be misled.

And then there's high tide. The cycles Sunday and into Monday morning could cause flooding in Ocean City.

Beach Patrol lifeguards will help state emergency crews monitor the coast for people in distress afterhours.

"Just a skeleton patrol to be there so if someone does call 911, we're ready to respond," Arbin said.

Either way -- the LaFolletes aren't worried. And they certainly won't let disturbances like Hermine stop them from coming back to Ocean City in the future.


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