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County Council Legislative Public Hearing on Ellicott City Flood Mitigation Plan, held Monday, September 17, 2018.



Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan Informational Meeting

Flood Mitigation Plan

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and Councilmember Jon Weinstein provided a detailed presentation to the Howard County Council of their five-year strategy to mitigate flooding in Ellicott City.  The presentation was made at the conclusion of the Council’s legislative session on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Flood Mitigation Announcement, August 23, 2018 

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and Councilmember Jon Weinstein announced a five-year strategy to mitigate flooding in Ellicott City, including a core component that would address the most immediate life safety threat on the town’s lower Main Street within one year. To read the five year plan click here.

Ellicott City Flood - May 27, 2018     

Hamilton Street in Ellicott City has reopened! Crews got the walkway fence finished and the fences on the parking lot were removed. That means visitors to Ellicott City can now use Hamilton Street to enter Lot D and ALL of Lot D is now open for public parking! For details and photos click here.

  • For details on the reopening of Main Street, click HERE.
  • For a map of Ellicott City shops and parking, click HERE.

  • If you have pictures or video from the May 27 flood, please help us document the impact of the storm. Please upload your pictures and/or video to
  • If you are looking for information about the 2016 Ellicott City flood, click here.


Tiber Branch Watershed Boundary map

Flood Tips and Resources

Floodproofing Information

Flood Repair Permit Process

Maryland Business Recovery Loan

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting applications for disaster loans offered to those impacted by the severe flooding on May 27, 2018.  While the Disaster Loan Center in Historic Ellicott City is now closed, you can still find all the information HERE.

For questions and/or more information, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 TTY), email or visit

Grant applications now being accepted for Ellicott City flood relief:

The Community Foundation of Howard County, United Way of Central Maryland and Ellicott City Partnership raised $800,000 for those affected by the Ellicott City flood May 27. The Community Foundation will distribute the funds to businesses, nonprofit organizations, property owners and individuals through a grant application process beginning on July 30 and ending on August 14.

Grant applications are available online at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 3695 Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City is hosting an Assistance Center where applicants can receive one-on-one assistance by appointment or during the hours listed at The Community Foundation will notify recipients of grant awards no later than October 1.

Financial support is available to applicants affected at an address within the blue geographic boundaries marked at, who meet additional guidelines and eligibility requirements. For more information, visit the Foundation’s website at

The Community Foundation of Howard County, founded in 1969 as The Columbia Foundation, has awarded more than $17 million in grants to Howard County nonprofit organizations delivering human service, arts and cultural, educational and civic programs. Money for the grant programs comes primarily from income generated by the foundation’s endowment supported by more than 300 funds established by Howard County businesses, families and individuals. For more information, visit or call 410-730-7840.

Relief available for Maryland farmers affected by excessive rainfall

Federal crop disaster designation allows farm operators to be considered for assistance from the USDA Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met. Click here for more information.

Flood Recovery Town Hall Held Thursday, June 28th at Howard High School

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.


Flood Recovery Information Session, May 30, 2018


The Ellicott City Watershed Hydrology and Hydraulics Study was presented May 31, 2017.  It will be used as a touchstone throughout the Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan process and help guide decisions, set planning parameters, and test choices. Learn more about the Master Plan and review materials from the May 31 public workshop.


Progress to Date

Since the devastating flooding that occurred on July 30, 2016, the County has undertaken multiple infrastructure improvement projects.

View this "Progress to Date" pdf for details.