Howard Co. scales back access to Ellicott City’s Main Street

A sign of "hope" hangs from the balcony of a building along Main Street in Ellicott City on Sunday, June 3. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
A sign of “hope” hangs from the balcony of a building along Main Street in Ellicott City on Sunday, June 3. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart) (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
Shop owners and residents of Ellicott City, Maryland head to Main Street to look at flood damage. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
Shop owners and residents of Ellicott City, Maryland head to Main Street to look at flood damage. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart) (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
The state flag of Maryland and the flag of Howard County fly at half mast in honor of National Guardsman Eddison Hermon who was killed when floodwaters rushed through Ellicott City on May 27, 2018. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
The state flag of Maryland and the flag of Howard County fly at half mast in honor of National Guardsman Eddison Hermon who was killed when floodwaters rushed through Ellicott City on May 27, 2018. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart) (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
She says, "I'd never forgive myself if anything happened to one of my staff as a result of a flood." (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
In a Facebook posting, Gretchen Shuey, owner of Bean Hollow coffee shop on Main Street, says she won’t be reopening at that location. She says, “I’d never forgive myself if anything happened to one of my staff as a result of a flood.” (WTOP/Kathy Stewart) (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
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A sign of "hope" hangs from the balcony of a building along Main Street in Ellicott City on Sunday, June 3. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
Shop owners and residents of Ellicott City, Maryland head to Main Street to look at flood damage. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
The state flag of Maryland and the flag of Howard County fly at half mast in honor of National Guardsman Eddison Hermon who was killed when floodwaters rushed through Ellicott City on May 27, 2018. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
She says, "I'd never forgive myself if anything happened to one of my staff as a result of a flood." (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)

WASHINGTON — Officials in Howard County announced it will be reevaluating access to Main Street in Ellicott City throughout the afternoon on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday officials announced they were scaling back access to Main Street due to rain being in the forecast.

Access to Main Street had scheduled to end at noon, although officials said the end time could be shortened or extended if the forecast changes.

People who want to access Main Street are also being asked to limit their number of volunteers to 10 people.

In the event of any enhanced warnings from the National Weather Service, everyone on Main Street will be asked to leave immediately and must do so.

To gain access to the area, everyone must check-in and be credentialed. Credentialing and check-in start at 7 a.m. at the George Howard Building on Courthouse Drive.

You can find more information about the check-in and credentialing process on the Howard County Government’s Facebook page.

Officials in Howard County had originally planned to let residents return to the Main Street area between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday.


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