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Recovery Resources

Resident and business services

Residents Resources flier  Financing Resources flier 

The One EC Recovery Project seeks to provide "gap services" to those affected by the flooding on July 30, 2016 with a special focus on the Main Street Ellicott City community, in order to assist them in their own recovery.  For more information, visit their website: http://oneecrecoveryproject.org

Maryland Insurance Administration
The Maryland Insurance Administration has representatives available to assist Marylanders filing insurance claims as a result of the flooding in Howard County. Consumers can contact the Maryland Insurance Administration at 410-468-2340 or 1-800-492-6116 if they need assistance with property and casualty claims related to the storm. 

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Representatives from the Department of Housing are available to provide information on resources to help small businesses, homeowners and renters recover from flooding. Available programs and contact information is available online.

Helpful Forms
Damaged Property Assessment Reduction Application - this is the form residents will need when the state assessors come to identify damaged properties and reduce tax assessments.

Helpful Maps
Look on Planning and Zoning Department's web site  under "What's New" for Map Information for Ellicott City Recovery.

Ellicott City Downtown Parking map


Flood repair permitting process

All Building permits for flood damage repair will be expedited by appointment at the George Howard Building at 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City. See details on the flood repair permitting process flier. This expedited process will be in effect through June 30, 2017. 

Also available for food establishments is a flood recovery guide checklist from Howard County Health Department.

SBA/Economic Development information

The Howard County Economic Development Authority hosted two rebuilding workshops October 5 to help businesses, property owners and residents navigate the rebuilding process. Construction managers and architects were joined by county representatives to discuss design, permitting and historic renovation processes. 

U.S. Small Business Administration - customer service representatives answer questions about the loan program and help with applications at 800-659-2955.

The deadline to submit disaster loan applications for an Economic Injury is May 10, 2017.

SBA Fact Sheet

Crisis assistance

Howard County Mental Health Authority
The Howard County Mental Health Authority is responsible for planning, managing and monitoring publicly funded mental health services in Howard County. For information call (410) 313-7350.

Community Action Council of Howard County
Food distributed daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Howard County Food Bank at 8920 Rt. 108, Columbia, MD 21045.

Employment services

Job seekers: watch the Howard County Office of Workforce Development Facebook page for updates, email [email protected] or call them at 410-290-2620.

Maryland Department of Labor's Division of Unemployment Insurance
This agency is prepared to assist individuals who are unemployed as a result of the disaster in Ellicott City.

Claims for unemployment insurance benefits can be filed over the phone or online. Claim Centers take claims by telephone only every Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Individuals may file a claim by phone by calling 410-853-1600 or 1-877-293-4125 (toll free in MD only).  Individuals may file a claim online by visiting www.mdunemployment.com. Claimant Information Service is available to answer questions about unemployment insurance benefits at 410-949-0022. Callers from Maryland but outside of the Baltimore area can call 1-800-827-4839.

Help with applying for unemployment
The Columbia Workforce Center (7161 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046) has staff and computers available to assist individuals with applying for unemployment. The Center is also prepared to provide any re-employment services needed to the residents of Howard County. The center can be reached by phone at 410-290-2600.

How to help

How to donate

The outpouring of donations has been overwhelming. While we are so grateful, our support agencies no longer have the capacity to accept, store or distribute physical donations. If you wish to donate, please do so monetarily through the following organization:

The One EC Recovery Project  


For a list of frequently asked questions and their answers, 
click here

Still have questions? Call 410-313-2900 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.