Howard County buys nearly all buildings needed for Ellicott City flood mitigation plan

Howard County has acquired nearly all of the 10 buildings needed to move forward with a flood mitigation plan for Ellicott City, County Executive Calvin Ball announced Monday.

Under a plan outlined by Ball in May, the county will tear down four buildings, partially demolish six others and dig an underground tunnel to capture cascading stormwater, among other tactics to protect the historic mill town which was hit twice with devastating floods in less than two years. The goal is to reduce flood waters on Main Street to less than a foot in the event of a 100-year storm and about three feet for a storm the size of the July 2016 flood, according to a release from the county.

In an update, Ball said nine of the 10 buildings needed for his “Ellicott City Safe and Sound Plan” have been acquired. The Baltimore Sun reported that the Phoenix Emporium building is the lone holdout.

The next step in the plan is to remove sections of the six buildings located over the stream channel. In order to do…

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