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Missing pilings have rendered the famous Ocean City fishing pier unsafe.
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Missing pilings have rendered the famous Ocean City fishing pier unsafe.

In Ocean City, Md., the century-old fishing pier which was partially damaged during Superstorm Sandy, has been battered once again.

Months of frigid temperatures and storms have walloped the coastline this winter and those prolonged harsh conditions are being blamed for the snapping of 5 massive pilings that hold up the iconic pier.

Back in 2012, Superstorm Sandy ripped off almost a third of the pier entirely and it took about 9 months to rebuild it, so this time around, the damage isn't as bad, but it's still substantial enough that the private owners of the pier say it's going to be a race to fix before this summer season.

The tall pilings that support the pier are designed to flex slightly in the wind and surf, so, that's why it sometimes feel likes its swaying from side to side if you are standing on it.

But this winter's deep freeze made the pilings brittle and last week's winter storm provided the latest knockout blow to the pier's infrastructure.

There is no word yet on cost estimates for the repairs.

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