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Information about the Ellicott City Flood that occurred May 27, 2018     

If you are looking for information about 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.  Hamilton Street will remain closed while repairs continue.

Effective Tuesday, June 19 at 6:00 a.m., Main Street 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 became available in lot “B” with the reduction of the no access area.  Lot “E” re-opened with 27 spaces and portions of lots “F” and “G” re-opened on a "space available" basis as construction equipment used in the recovery is demobilized.  An additional exit through Forrest Street was provided for those using lot “D.”

For complete details, read the press release here.

Town Hall on Ellicott City Flood Recovery to be held Thursday, June 28, at 7:00 p.m.

Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and Councilmember Jon Weinstein will co-host an Ellicott City flood recovery town hall for those directly impacted by the May 27, 2018 flood. Kittleman and Weinstein will provide an update and gather feedback on current recovery efforts, discuss ideas for the community’s future and field questions from residents, businesses and property owners. Various County department directors and agency administrators will also be available.
Read the press release.


Policy for Re-occupancy of Ellicott City Main Street Residential Housing Within the Restricted Area

Howard County Government is beginning to allow residents of Main Street properties within the restricted area to reoccupy their homes. Before re-occupancy can be allowed, the following requirements must be met:

  • The residence (or building in which the residence is located) must be deemed safe for occupancy by the Department of Inspections, Licensing, and Permits and by the Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
  • All necessary utilities (water, sewer, electric) to the building must be restored. Gas does not need to be restored prior to occupancy. 
  • Residents will be required to sign a re-occupancy agreement.

Landlords should contact 410-313-2900 (M-F, 9am-5pm) to schedule an inspection to confirm the above requirements have been met.

Returning residents will be required to obtain and display Howard County government-issued credentials. Residents who rent units in the affected area who have not yet been in contact with their landlords are encouraged to do so as part of planning for their re-occupancy. Residents who need additional information or assistance on the re-occupancy process can contact 410-313-2900.

All residents must understand that the County may revoke occupancy and/or access if at any time it determines that an immediate threat to life, safety, or health exists.



Residents, business owners and property owners will be allowed access to the restricted area from 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily, and will be allowed to bring guests (volunteers, contractors, etc.) as long as their guests accompany them through the checkpoints.

Volunteers assisting with the clean-up will not be permitted to park in the restricted zone.  They should park in public lots and obtain their wristbands at the checkpoints at Main Street and Maryland Avenue or Main Street and Old Columbia Pike.

Contractors who haven’t been credentialed: NO NEW CREDENTIALS WILL BE ISSUED OVER THE WEEKEND.  Credentialing will resume on Monday, June 25, between 8 a.m. and noon, at the Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltowne Drive, Ellicott City. To obtain a credential, contractors MUST BE accompanied by a credentialed resident, business owner or property owner.

Residents, business owners and property owners will have to be present with the contractor for the credentials to be issued.  Contractors will also be required to obtain daily wristbands when they access the restricted zone.

Parking on Main Street between Old Columbia Pike and Maryland Avenue will be on the SOUTH side only, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Traffic along that stretch of Main Street will be eastbound only.  Vehicles will be limited to one vehicle per address, no longer than 15 feet, and no trailers will be allowed.   Business owners are encouraged to use street parking for contractors and they are encouraged to use the parking lots for their personal vehicles.  If a parking space is not available, contractors will be allowed to park on the NORTH side of the street for 15 minutes to drop-off equipment and supplies, but then must move their vehicles to parking lots.


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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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.


Flood Recovery Information Session, May 30, 2018



  • MAIN STREET, ELLICOTT CITY FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS: The Howard County Health Department is waiving plan review fees for all existing Food Service Facilities impacted by the 2018 Ellicott City flood.

  • Volunteer: please visit Howard County Recreation and Parks Disaster Recovery website at to register. You will be contacted when it is safe to bring in volunteers.

  • Donations: Please do not drop off unsolicited donations. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please visit the Community Foundation of Howard County's website,
  • Hotline for those impacted by the May 27th flood in Ellicott City, to provide information and assistance at 410-313-2900, from 9 am to 5 pm. For emergencies, call 911.
  • Flood Home Cleanup Hotline Now Available. The Maryland VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters) has established a hotline, 410-449-5415, to connect residents affected by recent floods with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in debris cleanup. Volunteers from these agencies may assist you and your neighbors with cutting and moving fallen trees and other debris and with removing drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture, appliances, tarp roofs, etc. All services are FREE, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need. The hotline is available now through June 22, 2018.

    Please NOTE, this hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance or questions about FEMA registration.

    Maryland VOAD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that serves as the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle (preparation, response and recovery) to help disaster survivors and their communities. For more information about Maryland VOAD, visit

The ONLY contractors permitted at this time are for water damage remediation. Contractors for other repairs are not permitted at this time. Daily wristbands must be obtained at the credentialing site.

Building markings: An “X” does not refer to the condition of the building; instead, it indicates that a complete search of the property took place by our emergency personnel.

  • The Elicott City Flood Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) has closed as of Friday, June 8. However, we will operate a virtual assistance center. Anyone seeking recovery resources may call 410-313-0161.
  • Maryland Department of Human Services' Department of Social Services office in Howard County is ready to support the needs of anyone affected by the flood. 

  • ELLICOTT CITY BUSINESSES that participated in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) 2016 Maryland Business Recovery Loan Program and that were affected by the May 27th flood, DHCD is notifying your loan servicer, AmeriNat, to arrange for the deferral of future payments and waiver of any late fees on your existing recovery loan effective immediately until further notice.
  • For the Media: All media inquiries should be sent to or call 410-313-3600.

  • When operating a generator during a power outage, please use the following safety precautions: 
    Place generator in well ventilated location, outdoors and away from all doors, windows and vent openings.
    • Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
    • Place generators so that exhaust fumes can not enter the home or business through windows, doors or other openings in the building.
    • Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running.
    • Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.

    If applicable, when operating a generator it is highly recommended to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. For proper installment, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
    Download a tip sheet from the National Fire Protection Association here.

  • This is a very difficult time and it can be mentally challenging. For those who may be in crisis, there are people to talk to and services available. Contact the Grassroots Crisis Hotline at 410-531-6677.

  • Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland (RTA) ROUTE 405 CHANGE INFORMATION DUE to ELLICOTT CITY FLOOD: 
    - Until further notice, Route 405/Yellow A (Loop) Outbound will not serve Toll House Road. Route Change: From Long Gate Shopping Center the bus will travel to Montgomery Road/MD 29 North/US 40 North and proceed to Rogers Avenue. The bus will enter the George Howard Building parking lot and loop around onto Brightwell Drive, continue to Rogers Avenue and proceed to Walmart.
    - Until further notice, Route 405/Yellow B (Loop) Inbound will not service Ellicott Mills Drive and Main Street. Route Change: From Rogers Avenue, the bus will travel to Court House Drive, through the parking lot of the George Howard Building and loop onto Brightwell Drive. The bus proceeds left onto Rogers Avenue and continues to Long Gate Shopping Center and the Mall in Columbia.

    For further details and/or questions, please contact RTA Customer Service at 1-800-270-9553.
  • Prescription medication: Health insurance carriers have waived time restrictions on prescription medication refills and authorized payment to pharmacies that fill prescriptions for residents that live in the 21041, 21042, 21043, 21045, 21228 and 21229 zip codes for at least a 30-day supply of any prescription medication, regardless of the date upon which the prescription medication had most recently been filled. This waiver for time restrictions on prescription medication refills shall stand while the state of emergency remains in effect.

  • Comcast and Verizon are making every effort to assist those affected by the Flood in Historic Ellicott City.
    To assist their efforts, Howard County Government has provided them a list of the impacted streets.
    The following phone numbers can be used to discuss your accounts:

    Business Customers                1-800-391-3000
    Residential Customers           1-888-739-1379

    Verizon: Business and Residential Customers        1-800-Verizon (1-800-837-4966)
    Verizon customers should also send an email to  with the following information:
    Subject:               Ellicott City – Business   /   Ellicott City - Residential   
    Customer Name:
    Current Contact #:           
    Service address:
    Account number (or telephone number):
    A brief description (1-2 sentences) of what they need may also be included.

  • Executive Orders: Declarations of Emergency

  • As you begin the home repair process following the Ellicott City flood, here are some tips from the Office of Consumer Protection, Dept. of Community Resources and Services on how to avoid home repair scams:

  • Per the County Department of Public Works, if you have water and live outside the restricted area, it is safe to drink.


Click here for the latest "Frequently Asked Questions" document.

  • Where can those in emotional crisis get help?
    This is a very difficult time and it can be mentally challenging. For those who may be in crisis, there are people to talk to and services available. Contact the Grassroots Crisis Hotline at 410-531-6677.

  • How do I make a donation?
    Please do not drop off unsolicited donations. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please visit the Community Foundation of Howard County's website,

  • How do I volunteer?
    You may register to volunteer online and will be contacted when it is safe to bring in volunteers. Visit

  •  Is my water safe to drink?
    Per the County Department of Public Works, if you have water and live outside the restricted area, it is safe to drink.