This summer, Howard County is planning to install a very loud alert system to warn people on Main Street in Ellicott City when a dangerous flash flood seems imminent. But the community has its doubts.
The owners of Great Panes Art Glass Studio on Ellicott City’s main street rebuilt after a 2016 flood, but after a second flood earlier this year destroyed their studio again, they want out but are stuck in limbo.
“I love Ellicott City. I don’t think there’s another small town that has the feeling that Ellicott City had for me, anyway,” Joan Eve Shea-Cohen said. But, the business owner is moving her shop to another location, away from Main Street.
Rain totals ranged between 6 and 12 inches in a narrow swath between Ellicott City and Catonsville. Even more impressive, though, were the rates of precipitation that led to rapid rises in the tributaries that run along Main Street.
A disaster declaration allowing aid for the Baltimore area that storms and flooding impacted has been approved by President Donald Trump.
In the wake of the second devastating flood to hit Ellicott City in less than two years, one Howard County councilman is calling for a temporary freeze to development in the city’s historic district.
The loans can be used to repair or replace damaged or destroyed items such as personal property, machinery and equipment, business inventory and assets, as well as real estate.
When Ellicott City is again ready to accept visitors, one major entryway to the historic Main Street downtown will likely still be in the renovation process.
Due to the weather forecast, officials in Howard County scaled back access to Ellicott City’s Main Street on Sunday.
On Saturday, Geoff and Mark Haver found the frame and part of the face of the Ellicott City clock in the Patapsco River. Howard County police helped the Havers remove the frame from the river and took it to a storage facility.
Howard County plans to let residents return to the Main Street area on Sunday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., county Executive Allan Kittleman announced.
After two devastating floods within the span of two years, business owners in Ellicott City are debating whether or not rebuilding their business are worth the effort.
A Maryland community struck by severe flooding twice in less than two years is bracing for more heavy rain.
A longtime business owner on Ellicott City’s Main Street describes her harrowing escape from the floodwaters that devastated the town Sunday, for the second time in two years.
“I want Ellicott City to continue, and I want Ellicott City to be strong; but I want you to be stronger, and I want to do whatever we can to help you,” Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said during a meeting with flood victims.
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