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Worcester County State of Emergency Lifted

September 6, 2016, Worcester County officials have lifted the state of emergency that went into effect last Friday, as recommended by Worcester County Emergency Services Director Fred Webster and following declarations made by Ocean City and the State of Maryland in response to threats of moderate flooding during high tide cycles resulting from Tropical Storm Hermine.

Worcester County Declaration of Emergency remains in place, officials to continue monitoring storm surge at high tides through Monday night

With Tropical Storm Hermine moving east away from the Atlantic Coast, the Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES) Emergency Operations Center in Snow Hill has discontinued emergency staffing levels and has resumed standard operations.

Please be advised that the Worcester County Declaration of Emergency remains in place, and WCES staff will continue to monitor the effects of storm surge on the County’s inland and coastal waterways during high tide cycles through Monday night.

High tides and storm surge through Monday night likely to cause bay and coastal flooding in Worcester

Worcester County is experiencing the effects of Tropical Storm Hermine. Beginning late Saturday night through Monday night, areas along the bay and coast will likely experience storm surge, with moderate flooding through the next five high-tide cycles.

Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES) Director Fred Webster urges residents and visitors to implement common-sense measures to protect themselves from the storm.

Worcester County Not Opening Shelters at This Time

Due to changing weather patterns, Worcester County emergency shelters will not open Saturday, September 3, 2016.

Impacts from Tropical Storm Hermine are now forecast to arrive later and last longer than earlier predictions. Worcester County officials will continue to monitor weather conditions and will keep the public informed if sheltering plans change.

Tune in to your local news stations for current information and instructions regarding weather conditions throughout the weekend.


Central Landfill and Homeowner Convenience Centers to close at noon Saturday, Sept. 3

 The Worcester County Central Landfill and all Homeowner Convenience Centers will close today, Saturday, September 3, 2016, at noon, due to inclement weather conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Hermine.

Normal operating hours are anticipated to resume on Sunday, September 4. Worcester County officials will continue to monitor the progress of the storm and advise the public of any further cancellations or closings that may occur.


State of Emergency Declared in Worcester County

The Worcester County Commissioners declared a local State of Emergency in anticipation of severe weather conditions, including heavy rains, strong winds, storm surge and potential flooding to be caused by Tropical Storm Hermine beginning Saturday, September 3, 2016. These conditions may threaten homes and other structures and the flow of traffic throughout the County.

Secure Property and Prepare for Tropical Storm Conditions

The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm watch for the Worcester County area. Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES) recommends all residents and visitors take steps to protect themselves and others as well as personal property.

Out of the Darkness Walk Marks 5th Year on the Boardwalk

Snow Hill, MD – This fall, a morning spent on the Boardwalk can help save lives, spread awareness about suicide, and provide comfort to those who have lost friends or family. On September 24, the 5th Annual Out of the Darkness Walk to End Suicide will return to Ocean City. The annual event, which attracts hundreds of walkers every year, raises funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, with those funds used to teach suicide awareness and mental health first aid.

Worcester County Offices Closed Monday, September 5

Worcester County Government (WCG) offices, including all five Branch Libraries, Recreation and Parks, and the Department of Liquor Control (DLC) administrative office, will be closed Monday, September 5, 2016, for the Labor Day holiday. The Central Landfill and Homeowner Convenience Centers will also be closed.

Shore Spirits Retail Liquor Stores and the DLC warehouse will be open during standard hours of operation.

WCG offices will resume standard operating hours on Tuesday, September 6. WCG staff wish one and all a happy and safe holiday weekend.