The Army Engineers Try Securing A Beachhead

Perched on a strip of sand less than a mile off the Maryland coast, Ocean City has seen its share of storms. So much beach disappeared during a three-day nor'easter in 1962 that a few homes were stranded offshore on their stilts; many more were flattened. A 1933 hurricane had already carved out an inlet to split off the city from Assateague Island. "The bay just overflowed," says Roland E. "Fish" Powell, 62, who was there for both storms and is now Ocean City's mayor.

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