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Ellicott City Flood 2018

Updated 6/18/2018 6:30 am                   If you are looking for information pertaining to the 2016 Ellicott City flood click here.

Access Restored to Portions of Ellicott City’s Main Street

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For a larger, printable version of the perimeter map click here.

Effective Sunday, June 17, parking lot “D” re-opened to the public to accommodate employees and patrons of businesses impacted by the flood, but outside the no access zone. Access to lot “D” will be only from Roussey Lane via Old Columbia Pike. There will be no Main Street access from lot “D” and Hamilton Street will remain closed while repairs continue.

Effective Tuesday, June 19 at 6:00 a.m., Main Street will be re-opened to two-way traffic west of Old Columbia Pike and east of Maryland Avenue.  Vehicles traveling west on Frederick Road from Baltimore County will now be able to cross the Patapsco River Bridge and turn left onto Maryland Avenue to access St. Paul Street and College Avenue.  New Cut Road will remain closed to thru traffic because of flood damage.

Also Tuesday, June 19, 24 parking spaces will become available in lot “B” with the reduction of the no access area.  Lot “E” will reopen with 27 spaces and portions of lots “F” and “G” will reopen on a space available basis as construction equipment used in the recovery is demobilized.  An additional exit through Forrest Street will be provided for those using lot “D.”

For complete details, read the press release here.



CREDENTIALING AND CHECK-IN:  Will occur from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City. ALL residents and business/property owners AND their guests/volunteer MUST check-in and be issued a color wrist band ON A DAILY BASIS to be displayed at ALL TIMES while in the restricted area. Volunteers must be 18 and older; 16 and older if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

ACCESS to the restricted area will be available from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Individuals may not be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while in the Ellicott City no-access zone.

TRANSPORTATION: Those who need transportation will be loaded onto gators and taken into the restricted area. Those taking personal vehicles must call 410-313-2900 to schedule access. Only ONE vehicle will be allowed per address. Vehicles must be 15' or less in length. No trailers will be permitted.  Parking will be on the SOUTH side only of Main Street.

All vehicles will enter via Main Street and stop at checkpoint located at Ellicott Mills Drive. All traffic will flow eastbound from the checkpoint. Please use caution since Howard County vehicles and UTVs will be traveling in both directions on Main Street.

Exits will only be allowed onto Old Columbia Pike or Maryland Avenue.

REHAB/MEDICAL STATIONS: Two Rehab/Medical Stations will be staffed by the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) at the following locations:
- Main Street and Old Columbia Pike
- Main Street and Maryland Avenue

Rehab/Medical Stations will consist of:
- Portable Toilets/Hand Washing Stations
- Bottled Water
- Transport Unit
- First Aid Equipment
- Tent
- Gross Decontamination Capabilities (fire hydrant hose appliance)

An additional Rehab/Medical Station will be located in Lot D for emergency response personnel only. This will consist of HCDFR Canteen Unit, portable toilets/hand washing stations, bottled water and tent.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dumpsters have been strategically placed along Main Street. Trash (e.g. household items, furniture, construction and building debris, sediment, merchandise, TV’s and electronics) should be LOADED into the dumpsters from the back to front and packed as full as possible; please do not throw items inside. Refrigerators, washers, dryers, small appliances and metal items and shelving SHOULD NOT be thrown into the dumpsters. Instead, they should be placed alongside at the curb.

GENERATORS: ALL portable generators and other gas-powered devices must be turned off and removed/stored INSIDE overnight; they ARE NOT permitted outdoors overnight. Any generators left outside or found running overnight will be removed.

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING: The following personal protective equipment is recommended during the clean out:
- Long pants required.  No shorts.
- Long sleeve shirts
- Closed-toe shoes or boots.
- Work gloves
- Respiratory protection
- Eye protection (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

WATER: The water being provided by the county water services is potable and suitable for human consumption provided the internal water piping in the properties is functioning properly.  As property owners return to their homes and businesses, it is best practice for them to allow water to run from their faucet for a short period of time to flush their internal lines with fresh water from the County system.
SPEED LIMIT ON MAIN STREET: Because of the heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic, vehicular traffic speed on Main Street should be less than 10 miles per hour.

In the event of an injury or other emergency, please call 911. 

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If you have specific questions, you can call 410-313-2900.


Click here to read specific detailed health, safety and clean-up factsheets and guidelines including "CLEANING MOLD AND MILDEW", "FACT SHEET ON MOLD", Food Safety Tips After a Storm or Power Outage", and more.

Click here to read "Safety Message for Residents Working in Emergency Work Area" from Howard County Health Department.  Español.

Click here for a handout for residents and property/business owners with general tips for accessing your buildings.


Important message for Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and County Councilmember Jon Weinstein on the future of Ellicott City


June 1, 2018  Briefing and testimony for the Howard County Council.