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Main Street access

Following a Town Hall meeting Sept. 14 where he received input from hundreds of residents, merchants and property owners, Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman announced he will ask the Howard County Council to extend the State of Emergency in Ellicott City until Oct. 6.

Kittleman was joined at the Town Hall by Council Vice-Chairperson Jon Weinstein who represents the area hardest hit by the July 30 flash flood.  Following the meeting, Kittleman and Weinstein agreed to seek an extension of the State of Emergency.

“I appreciate the input we heard from those who attended the Town Hall. Those are the folks who live and work along Main Street and we want to give them the additional time they requested,” said Kittleman. “Extending the State of Emergency is a reasonable and balanced solution and one that Jon and I believe will be very beneficial to the needs of the Main Street community. I am pleased that residents can move back into their homes this weekend and businesses can start the important task of rebuilding.”

While it seeks the extension of the State of Emergency, the County plans to reopen all of Main Street on Sept. 17 at 7:00 a.m. except for the area just east of Old Columbia Pike and just west of Maryland Avenue. Credentials will be required to have full, around the clock access to this area. Businesses will be required to obtain wristband credentials for their own clients, customers and contractors.

Credentialing will be available at the Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltown Drive, daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. All previous credentials remain valid.

Residents will be allowed to reoccupy their units if their building has been inspected, approved and deemed safe for habitation. Residents should check with landlords before reoccupying. The County will contact building owners of properties that are deemed unsafe.

For residents, personal vehicles will be allowed into the area for loading and unloading only. All credentialed and approved vehicle traffic on Main Street will be one-way eastbound between Old Columbia Pike and Maryland Avenue. Business owners, construction crews and contractor vehicles will be allowed to park along Main Street. No overnight parking will be permitted.

Also on Sept. 17 at 7 a.m., the Patapsco River Bridge will reopen to two-way traffic for access to Maryland Avenue and St. Paul Street. Commuters are urged  to use alternate routes. 

On-street parking of personal vehicles will remain prohibited on Main Street. Parking will be available in all county lots, with the exception of Lot “B” which is located on the eastern portion of Main Street. Parking in Lot “D” will be limited and two-way access will be from Old Columbia Pike onto Roussey Lane.  There will be no direct access to or from Main Street.

“The discussion at the Town Hall meeting provided a clear sense of the need for more time for businesses to prepare for re-opening the historic district’” said Weinstein. “I believe the plan we have devised will provide the needed time, while allowing residents whose buildings are ready, to move back home. This is an important step in the recovery process.”

Council Chairman Calvin Ball supported the extension as well.

“I remain firm in my resolve to help our businesses and property owners as they continue their recovery efforts while residents seek to return to their homes,” said Ball. “We must be cautious in our approach and by the Council extending the State of Emergency, this allows us to support the efforts of the County and our businesses who are still working to rebuild in as safe of an environment as possible.”

Kittleman stressed that Main Street remains an active construction zone and it may be necessary to impose temporary restrictions and changes through the flood damaged area.  Traffic pattern changes, such as one-way traffic patterns, detours, lane closures, flagging operations and complete closures of the roadway, could occur.  

Howard County Police and private security will maintain security checkpoints and enhanced patrols around the clock through Oct. 6.

It is anticipated that Main Street between Old Columbia Pike and Maryland Avenue will reopen on Oct. 6 at 5:00 p.m.

Kittleman signed the initial State of Emergency on July 30, just hours after the flooding. On Aug. 5, the County Council approved the executive’s request to extend the State of Emergency through Sept. 7. The County Council subsequently extended it again through Sept. 20.

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.

September 22

September 8

August 25 

Special recognition nomination

The July 30th flood has been described as a one-thousand year storm. That night, and in the weeks that followed, the community came together in unprecedented ways.

As we continue to recover from the storm, we know there are many who deserve special recognition for their actions on July 30 and for their contributions since.

If you would like to nominate someone, please fill out the form found here.

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.