Hogan: federal disaster declaration approved for flooding

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan has announced his request for presidential disaster declaration for Ellicott City has been approved.

The governor said Friday that Maryland and Howard County will be eligible for federal assistance to help pay costs for the response and recovery from the July 30 flooding that damaged much of Main Street in Ellicott City as well as surrounding areas.

Federal assistance will be made available for expenses related to infrastructure repair and replacement. Help also will be available for hazard mitigation projects, debris removal and other costs associated with the storm.

Federal, state and local officials conducted damage assessments last month.

The flooding damaged or destroyed dozens of buildings and more than 200 vehicles. Two people died in the flooding.

Main street is expected to open to pedestrians on Tuesday night.

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