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Ocean City pier damaged by winter storm

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A fishing pier in Ocean City that sustained heavy damage during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 was once again walloped by the winter storm that passed through Maryland on Thursday, according to city officials.

"The Ocean City Fishing Pier again suffered damage this time due to the extreme and prolonged cold temperatures," said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan in a message posted to the city's official Facebook page. "The damage is not as extensive as it was a little over a year ago [in October 2012] and I have spoken with the owner of the Pier Franchise and they have already begun the process to make the repairs!"

During Superstorm Sandy, which caused damage up and down the East Coast, about 100 feet of the pier was wiped out.

On Thursday, parts of Maryland saw more than a foot and a half of snow.

The extent of the recent damage to the pier could not be independently confirmed Friday. A construction company that rebuilt the pier after Sandy, Bayshore Marine Construction, told Delmarva TV station WBOC 16 that strong waves and wind snapped seven pilings at the end of the pier, some of which washed back onto the beach.

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