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A photograph of Ocean City, Md. taken a couple of days after Superstorm Sandy swept through the area.

The dune system that protects Ocean City's 10 miles of beachfront real estate is in need of emergency repairs after taking the brunt of Superstorm Sandy's wrath last November.

But Ocean City officials say the work will likely not begin until this fall, which could make the resort vulnerable to another whopper of a storm blowing through before the Army Corps of Engineers can fix the current damage.

Some of the beach erosion has been corrected naturally over the course of the winter, but there are some portions of the resort's beach that are in need of help.

So the Army Corps says it plans to pump more than a million cubic yards of sand onto the barrier island using an offshore ocean-hopper, which will hydraulically dredge the sand from the ocean floor and pump it onto the beach.

The process could take as many as 200 days to complete and could cost between $10 and 25 million.

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