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County Executive Ball Announces Ellicott City “Safe and Sound” Flood Mitigation and Public Safety Plan

County Executive Ball Announces Ellicott City “Safe and Sound” Flood Mitigation and Public Safety Plan

December 27, 2018

Media Contacts:
Scott Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412

ELLICOTT CITY – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced “Safe and Sound” – a flood mitigation and public safety plan for Ellicott City today at Tersiguel’s Restaurant in downtown, Ellicott City. The County Executive was joined by Delegate Courtney Watson (D-District 9B) and County Councilwoman Liz Walsh (D-District 1), along with residents and members of the Ellicott City business community. County Executive Ball introduced the first phase of administration’s plan regarding Ellicott City. To view the first phase of “Safe and Sound,” please click here: www.howardcountymd.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=nxGhvhErygA%3d&portalid=0

“The leaders of this county have been aware of the challenges that the geography, topography, and infrastructure of Ellicott City have posed for decades,” said County Executive Calvin Ball. “Ellicott City is one of Howard County’s most important economic resources. Its safety and security are critical to our county’s future prosperity. I am pleased to announce, “Safe and Sound,” a flood mitigation and public safety plan for Ellicott City.” 

The first phase of the Ellicott City “Safe and Sound” Plan features four critical components: ensuring public safety, supporting business and property owners, keeping Ellicott City’s historic charm, and developing an inclusive, community-driven process. 

Highlights of the plan include: 

  • Exploring opportunities for Lower Main Street that do not require full scale demolition of buildings
  • Creating a flood mitigation assistance pilot program that will offer matching grants for flood mitigation projects on structures in designated areas
  • Enhanced inspection and debris removal of nine waterways 
  • Launching committee to explore developing an Ellicott City Community Development Corporation

“I am very grateful of the efforts of the Flood Advisory Group and the many other stakeholders who have worked tirelessly to get us to this point,” added County Executive Ball. “We must include the input and engagement of the residents and businesses of Ellicott City. And we must face these incredible challenges as a unified Howard County.”

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