Sand pumping further delayed

THE BALTIMORE SUN

OCEAN CITY -- Inclement weather during the past week has once again delayed completion of a $12.5 million beach-replenishment project.

"We had severe northeast winds and torrential rain," said Nancy Howard, a state Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman. "We couldn't get anything done."

The weather forced crews to stop pumping sand from the ocean for the resort's beaches, which were ravaged by a winter storm, Ms. Howard said.

Pumping is expected to resume in several days and the project should be finished by September, Ms. Howard said.

Meanwhile, the state has received about 900 entries in a contest to pinpoint the exact date and time pumping will stop.

"We've had a real good turnout," Ms. Howard said. "We're anxious for the pumping to stop so we can name a winner."

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