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Howard County Executive gives update on Ellicott City Safe and Sound Plan

Posted at 5:52 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 17:55:12-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard county is making progress on the Ellicott City Safe and Sound Plan.

County Executive Calvin Ball announced Thursday the completion of several projects within the plan. It was announced nearly two years ago and includes key flood mitigation projects. Ball says within 18 months, five projects will start construction.

Ball also announced another round of Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants for property owners and business owners who rent or lease space.

"Eligible projects for business owners include those that increase the flood resilience of their business, merchandise, or equipment,” said County Executive Calvin Ball. “The county will match 50% of the costs up to $2500 for business owners and up to $5000 for property owners."

The program covers bridges and structural driveways and primary building structures. Applications are due on October 9; awards will be made on November 2.

After being paused twice, the Watershed Master Plan is nearing completion as well. The comment period ends Friday, a final draft of the plan will then be presented to the County Council.