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.
Almost eight months after a dramatic flash flood swept through Old Ellicott City for the second time in two years, a major repair project is underway near Main Street to prevent another deadly deluge.
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.
A businesswoman who owns several properties on the main street of the former mill town said “everybody kind of has PTSD” in the wake of the second devastating flash flood event in two years.
Main Street in Ellicott City reopens Friday, two months after the second devastating flood in two years.
Residents in Howard County, Maryland, may see calmer traffic between 8560 Main Street and 8611 Main Street in Ellicott City’s west end, after officials begin a traffic calming project Monday.
As torrential rains fell, what is normally a quiet stream along an old trolley line, was transformed into a raging river, pushing cars down the hill in front of homes and pulling front yards down the street.
Just over three weeks after the second “1,000-year flood” in two years devastated historic Ellicott City, the two ends of Main Street reopened to traffic Tuesday morning.
A 25-foot portion of Ellicott Mills Drive was decimated when a normally quiet creek that runs directly beneath the roadway was destroyed on May 27. More than 7 inches of rain fell during the storm.
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.
Ellicott City’s first official cleanup day on Sunday was interrupted again by rain. Owners and residents are now unsure if they’ll reopen and stay on Main Street, after two floods effectively wiped out their businesses and homes in two years.
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