Sandy damages pier in downtown Ocean City, Md.

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Vehicle goes through the high water as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, Ocean City, Maryland

Vehicle goes through the high water as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, Ocean City, Maryland (AP photo)

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) – Hurricane Sandy has done significant damage to a large ocean pier in the Maryland beach resort of Ocean City.

Police spokesman Mike Levy confirms the damage, which occurred overnight as the storm began to pound the resort town with waves, wind and rain.

Town officials plan to provide more details at a 10 a.m. Monday news conference.

The pier is at the southern end of the city’s Boardwalk in an area that’s been under a mandatory evacuation order since Sunday afternoon.

Tracy Marie, a front desk worker at a Holiday Inn & Suites in Ocean City, said the pier was an icon and about as close to the ocean as one could get without getting in the water.

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