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Notice to residents, merchants and property owners
As part of their on-going study to assess possible building flood proofing measures, the Corps of Engineers will be performing field work in the Tiber-Hudson/Main Street corridor. Their field work will include taking photographs and notes regarding the exterior of some of the buildings in the study area. They will also survey several elevations at some of the buildings. These elevations are at critical points such as building corners and/or the point where water can first enter the building.  There may be limited need for the Corps to go into backyards or behind buildings to perform their work. The Corps field work is anticipated to take three to four days in February weather permitting.


The Baltimore Chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) visited Howard County on January 11th and 12th to discuss a vision for the future of Historic Ellicott City.  On the evening of the 12th, this technical assistance panel presented its findings and recommendations.  The presentation focused on three core issues for the future:

  • What should be the branding vision for Historic Ellicott City be?
  • What is the ideal mix of retail and services for Main Street? 
  • What marketing tactics would best help to achieve success?

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The Flood

On July 30, Ellicott City was dealt a devastating blow when six inches of rain fell in less than two hours, causing a destructive flash flood that claimed two lives, damaged 90 businesses and hundreds of vehicles, displaced nearly 100 residents and left hundreds more unemployed.

In the days and weeks that followed the storm, county public works crews began stabilizing critical infrastructure such as water mains and stormwater systems in the historic community while residents, merchants and building owners began the enormous task of digging out, cleaning up and rebuilding their properties.

In September, Howard County was awarded public assistance funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a result of President Barack Obama’s declaration of emergency and support from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and the region’s federal delegation. The assistance will help pay for infrastructure repair and replacement, hazard mitigation projects, debris removal, and other costs associated with the storm.  

By early October, Main Street reopened. Many businesses are up and running with more to come.

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