The newly elected county executive of Howard County has “great concerns” about his predecessor’s five-year flood mitigation plan for Ellicott City, and says demolishing 10 historic buildings on Main Street could be “counterproductive.”
The newly-elected county executive of Howard County will look for options “to avoid the need for the demolition of lower Main Street,” in flood-prone Ellicott City.
“Anything that can be done to open up the channel, and remove obstructions from the waterway, would provide the most expedient and cost-effective means of addressing the issue” of flooding, said Councilman Greg Fox, in voting for the plan.
The Howard County Council is scheduled to vote on a bill Monday night — part of a $50 million, five-year-plan that includes purchasing and razing 19 buildings, in hopes of taming flood waters that have increased after recent storm events.
Howard County councilman Jon Weinstein’s presentation to county council regarding the recently announced 5-year Ellicott City Flood Mitigation Plan included a brief history lesson on combination of factors that have made Main Street so susceptible to flooding.
A plan to tear down nearly 20 buildings in Ellicott City to reduce flood severity is not sitting well with the nonprofit group Preservation Maryland.
Howard County executive Allan Kittleman made the announcement Thursday, nearly three months after deadly flash flooding hit the town — the second event of its kind in less than two years.
Nearly two months after floodwaters surged through Ellicott City’s historic downtown, the town’s flood-ravaged Main Street will fully reopen to two-way vehicle traffic and pedestrians later this week.
As residents and business owners on Ellicott City’s Main Street remove mucky remnants of the May 27 flash floods, and weigh whether to rebuild, local leaders are raising the possibility it may be time to reconfigure the 246-year-old historic river town.
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.
“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.
Debris has been moved from Main Street, and 188 cars have been recovered, officials announced Tuesday, but potentially complicating these early cleanup efforts: a rainy forecast for the D.C. area.
The money will be used to improve a culvert on the downtown’s west side to protect homeowners, less than 2 years after a deadly flood devastated the community.
One year after the flood in Ellicott City, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman says the town is being reborn. See photos and videos from the weekend ceremony in Maryland.
The Howard County Police Department put out a policy Friday that clarifies laws already in place so the public can understand what officers will and will not do.
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