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Federal funding approved to aid flood-impacted Ellicott City area

Water rushes through Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. After the floodwaters receded, emergency officials had no immediate reports of fatalities or injuries. But by nightfall first responders and rescue officials were still going through the muddied, damaged downtown, conducting safety checks and ensuring people evacuated. (Libby Solomon/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A disaster declaration allowing aid for the Baltimore area that storms and flooding impacted has been approved by President Donald Trump.

The Howard County Times reports the declaration announced in a statement Monday covers areas affected by severe storms from May 27 to May 28 and includes parts of Ellicott City.

Flooding in Ellicott City’s historic downtown destroyed property and led to the death of a National Guardsman who was swept away while trying to help a woman.

Maryland’s Congressional delegation and Gov. Larry Hogan sought the declaration. It makes federal funding available to state and local governments and some nonprofits for emergency work in Baltimore and Howard counties.

Damage to infrastructure was estimated at $10.5 million in Howard County, $8.6 million in Baltimore County and $3 million in Baltimore.

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