Howard Co. announces 5-day access window for Ellicott City

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — Howard County officials have announced that there will be a five-day window this week for Ellicott City residents, merchants and property owners to clean up and retrieve items from their homes and businesses.

County Executive Allan Kittleman tells local media that starting Thursday, those displaced from Main Street due to the July 30 floods will be allowed access to the site, which was the hardest hit area.

When the five-day window ends on Aug. 22, Main Street will be closed for three weeks to allow county public works crews and other utility workers to make repairs. Officials hope to reopen downtown Ellicott City to pedestrian traffic around Sept. 16.

County officials say they will have a more detailed plan about the access period by the end of the day Tuesday.

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