Maryland saw heaviest Superstorm Sandy rainfall, according to official report

The Eastern Shore town of Bellevue saw the heaviest rains in the U.S. during Superstorm Sandy, according to an official report on the storm the National Hurricane Center released Tuesday.

The town, across the Tred Avon River from Oxford and just south of St. Michael's in Talbot County, recorded 12.83 inches of rain. Nearby Easton was not far behind with 12.55 inches.


The bullseye of Sandy's deluge was on the middle Eastern Shore, though storm surge levels were higher to the northeast around New York.

Damage in Maryland was estimated at about $5 million, according to the report, among the smallest of the states affected by the storm despite the heavy rain. Delaware took $5.5 million in damage and Pennsylvania $20 million, according to the report.


Storm surge in Ocean City, considered to be the worst there since Hurricane Gloria in 1985, brought as much as 4 feet of inundation, according to the report. In Chesapeake City on the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, the storm surge reached 4.88 feet, and a 3.06-foot storm surge was recorded on the Chesapeake Bay at Tolchester Beach, near Chestertown.

In Baltimore, a 3.69-foot storm surge was recorded, and a 3.35-foot surge recorded in Annapolis.

The report also details some heavy wind measurements, including 69 mph at Thomas Point, 65 mph in Ocean City, 55 mph at Tide Point in Baltimore and 55 mph in Ellicott City.

Some other rainfall totals, according to the report:

New Market: 11.68 inches

Queenstown: 10.29 inches

Mount Airy: 10.28 inches

Columbia: 10.08 inches

Trappe: 9.78 inches


Churchton: 9.5 inches

St. Michael's: 9.38 inches

Denton: 9.28 inches

Pasadena: 8.7 inches

Dundalk: 8.4 inches

Parkville: 8.38 inches


Rosedale: 7.82 inches

Perry Hall: 7.82 inches

Pimlico: 7.52 inches

Oella: 7.46 inches

Maryland Science Center: 7.21 inches

Ocean City: 7.2 inches

US Naval Academy: 7.09 inches

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