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Ellicott City flood recovery

Main Street access for businesses/residents

Main Street access

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and Council Vice Chair Jon Weinstein announced that Ellicott City’s Main Street will reopen Thursday, Oct. 6 at 5:00 p.m., allowing pedestrian and vehicular traffic into the entire historic district for the first time since the July 30 flash flood.

“Since that terrible night, we have made tremendous strides in rebuilding Ellicott City,” said Kittleman. “The merchants, building owners, residents and county crews have worked countless hours to get us to this point. It’s remarkable how resilient this community has been over these past 10 weeks as it has come together to clean up and rebuild.”

Weinstein, whose district includes Ellicott City, agreed with Kittleman, saying that the reopening of Main Street “is a critical step in the recovery process to get Ellicott City ‘back on its Street.’”

“While there is still significant work ahead to restore Main Street and the historic district, great progress has been made since the flood,” said Weinstein. “I’m grateful for the continuing, tireless efforts by all the county personnel and volunteers, and the patience and resiliency of the residents and business owners who define the term ‘ECStrong’.”

Kittleman said two-way vehicular traffic will resume on Main Street starting Thursday and pedestrians will be allowed to walk throughout the area. Tiber Alley will remain closed until Friday, Oct. 7 at 5:00 p.m. so that crews may complete additional necessary repairs. Motorists are reminded that the speed limit is 25 mph and caution is urged.

Some access to sidewalks, particularly on Main Street between Old Columbia Pike and Maryland Avenue, may be restricted from time to time as business owners continue work on their properties. It could be necessary to impose temporary traffic restrictions and flagging operations at times, particularly near Maryland Avenue where county public works crews are rebuilding a retaining wall near the B&O railroad bridge.

No parking and parking restriction signs will be posted throughout the area. Parking will not be permitted on Main Street, though vehicles involved in repair work will be allowed to load and unload materials in certain, marked locations.

Parking will be available in all county lots except for Lot “B,” which is located next to the Patapsco River. More than 450 parking spaces are available in the historic district. Access to Lot “D” will continue to be from Roussey Lane off of Old Columbia Pike. Additional spaces are available in the Howard County Circuit Court parking lot.

Kittleman said police will continue stepped up, around the clock patrols along Main Street to support businesses as they continue repairs. Credentialing will no longer be required to visit the area.

“Things are not back to normal and for a while to come, there will be construction and rebuilding underway,” said Kittleman. “The community requests the patience of those who will be visiting Main Street since it remains an active construction zone.

“Councilman Weinstein and I remain fully committed to making Ellicott City a model resilient community for the state and the rest of the nation.”

The reopening coincides with the ending of the State of Emergency for the Main Street area that has been in effect since a storm dropped six inches of rain in less than two hours, causing a flash flood that claimed two lives, damaged buildings, cars, stream retaining walls and much of the infrastructure in the area.


For more information or assistance, please call 410-313-2900.

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 Dec. 31. 

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

Historic Ellicott City Recovery Community Advisory Group

This group is a cross-section of representatives of local organizations, preservation groups, businesses, residents and the faith-based community who will offer direction on the continued recovery efforts for Ellicott City’s Main Street area. This group was selected with assistance of former County Executive Jim Robey who was appointed Aug. 12 by County Executive Allan H. Kittleman to be special advisor to Historic Ellicott City flood recovery efforts and to serve as chair of the community advisory group.

“We’ve been almost exclusively focused repairing the town’s infrastructure and cleaning up following the devastating storm,” Kittleman said. “While we continue that work, and address the many human needs following this event, we must now look forward to Ellicott City’s future. This group will play a large role in that vision.”

Press releases:
County Executive Kittleman announces plans for local flood recovery committee
Kittleman announces members of Historic Ellicott City Recovery Community Advisory Group

Meetings will be held every Thursday from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the Columbia/Ellicott City Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City until further notice.

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SBA/Economic Development Information

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 physical damage is Oct. 11, 2016.

SBA Fact Sheet


Access Points and Parking Lots Map

For a map of the new access points and parking lots beginning August 24, click here.


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.

Health information

Important health information regarding the flood area:

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 one of the following organizations:

United Way

Ellicott City Partnership

Community Action Council of Howard County

While there are certainly other legitimate organizations accepting monetary donations, using one of the above three avenues guarantees your donations will get where you intend.


Crisis assistance

Disaster Assistance Center OPEN

A Recovery Assistance Office will be open weekdays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center at 9411 Frederick Road until at least Sept. 20.  Those in need can also reach office staff at 410-313-0814.

Other resources

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.

Resident and business services

Contractor/Insurance Adjuster Access
Contractors and insurance adjustors may accompany credentialed property owners to their sites.

Mail delivery UPDATE
Residents should visit the Ellicott City Post Office, 3375 Ellicott Center Drive, Ellicott City, 21043-9996. Hours of operation are Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The phone number is 410-640-1340. Mail can be placed on hold for up to 30 days. Proper ID is required for establishment of Hold and Pick-Up. A designated pick-up location within the lobby will be available for quick and easy access. Change of address forms can be found on line at www.usps.com.

Trash and Recycling collection UPDATE

TRASH, RECYCLING AND TRIM COLLECTIONS SERVICE: Collections will be made on their normal day and all normal rules apply.  Visit www.HowardCountyRecycles.org or call 410-313-6444. Recycling, trash and yard trim DROP-OFF is available at the Alpha Ridge Landfill, Mon. –Sat. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details can be found at https://www.howardcountymd.gov/ARL or refer to the department’s Historic Ellicott City Cleanup and curbside Collections page https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Public-Works/Bureau-Of-Environmental-Services/Ellicott-City-Debris-CleanUp for more answers and information. 


Residents Resources flier  Businesses Resources flier  Financing Resources flier 

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.

Employment services

Job seekers: watch the Howard County Office of Workforce Development Facebook page for updates, email owd@howardcountymd.gov 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.

Gas and electric restoration

  • Customers requesting electric and/or gas service to be restored should call BGE directly at 800-685-0123.
  • Properties located in the flooded area and requiring modifications to the electric service entrance cable or any internal wiring will follow the normal process by applying for a Howard County electrical permit and submitting a BGE online New Business Service Request at www.bge.com or by calling 800-685-0123.
  • For properties that experienced interior flooding but do not require wiring modifications, BGE will energize service after the building owner and their licensed electrician inspect the electrical facilities and determine it is safe for BGE to restore electric service. The owner and electrician are required to sign a Letter of Authorization accepting responsibility for electrical facilities on the property owner / customer side of the electric meter(s).
  • The process for restoration of gas service on Main Street will follow the gas main repair/installation in the street and individual customer services will be addressed sequentially as the main is installed.
  • Please note that for customers’ safety, gas appliances will be inspected and must be in good working order to have service restored. If service cannot be restored due to an equipment malfunction, it is the equipment owner’s responsibility to have the equipment inspected and repaired by a certified contractor. Upon repairing equipment, the customer will be required to produce an inspection certification. Listings of state-certified plumbers or appliance contractors are available in the yellow pages and online phone directories.

Flood-related news

Ellicott City flood and recovery news releases: 

In response to numerous requests from the media, Howard County Police have released a series of 911 calls from the Ellicott City flood: https://youtu.be/PnlORcsiAQI

Information for the media

A media information line has been established for this incident. Members of the media can call 410-313-3600 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

Media inquiries can also be sent via email to ECfloodrecovery@howardcountymd.gov.