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Ellicott City residents can return to Main Street properties

As of 6 a.m. on Tuesday, drivers could cross the Patapsco River bridge from Baltimore County onto Main Street in Ellicott City. Traffic must turn left after one block, on Maryland Ave, but this allows a cut-through. The no access zone remains, in the hardest-hit stretch of Main Street. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

WASHINGTON – Nearly a month after flooding ravaged Ellicott City for the second time in two years, residents with properties in the restricted area on Main Street will be able to go back to their homes under certain conditions, County Executive Allan Kittleman has announced.

Kittleman said that people can return if:

  • The residence, or the building, is deemed safe by the fire department and the Department of Inspections, Licensing, and Permits and by the Department of Fire and Rescue Services;
  • Water, sewer and electric services have must have been restored (the gas doesn’t have to be back on);
  • Residents sign a re-occupancy agreement.

Kittleman added that landlords should call the Howard County non-emergency hotline at 410-313-2900 to schedule an inspection, and renters should call their landlords for updates on their situations.

Ellicott City suffered flooding after heavy rains May 27 for the second time in two years. National Guardsman Eddison Hermond was killed in the flooding while helping others.

The ends of Main Street reopened Tuesday.

This story will be updated. 


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