August 2, 2020

Media Contact:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022


ELLICOTT CITY, MD – County Executive Calvin Ball made the following statement regarding approaching Tropical Storm Isaias:

“Our Emergency Management team is closely monitoring the approach of Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to cause heavy rainfall and sustained winds at 20-30 miles an hour. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the county from Monday at 11 p.m. through Tuesday at 11 p.m. 

Rainfall totals this during this event are likely to cause widespread areal flooding and flash flooding. Low-lying roads that typically flood during heavy rain are likely to flood with this storm and should be avoided. Mudslides are also a possibility with this amount of rainfall. Since the ground is going to be so saturated, there is a likelihood that winds will bring down some trees, leading to power outages.

We understand that any storm can cause anxiety for our residents and businesses - especially those in Historic Ellicott City. We are proactively working with Howard EcoWorks to inspect and remove debris from channels in the Ellicott City Watershed. 

We have an incredible team of emergency management professionals, public works employees, and first responders to help keep Howard County safe. I encourage all residents to take some time before Monday evening to review tips on and begin preparing.”

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