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Ellicott City Main Street shut down Wednesday for flooding

Posted at 9:38 PM, Jun 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-09 12:59:35-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Downpours pummeled areas in the WMAR-2 News viewing area, and a Flash Flood Warning was issued for historic Ellicott City, where two massive floods destroyed the downtown and caused one death.

Flooding in Ellicott City

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball said at a press conference today:

The rate of rainfall was very similar to the rate of rainfall we experienced at some points during the 2018 flood, when the town saw 1.44 inches of rain in approximately 15 minutes.

Fortunately, no one was hurt and there was no significant property damage.

Ball said there were 2.3 inches of rainfall, mostly within one hour. Water reached the curb level at the lower end of Main Street during the height of the storm, and about 6 inches of moving water.

Main Street was temporarily shut down Wednesday evening and people in Ellicott City were told to move to higher ground.


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With the Tiber River flowing through the historic downtown area in the past, officials are preparing for any and all repercussions for heavy rainfall.

Major floods occurred in 1786, 1817, 1868, 1894, 1901, 1917, 1923, 1933, 1952, 1972, 1975, 1998, 2006, 2011, 2016, and 2018.

Howard County Police Department said there were flooding and trees down in the Columbia, Ellicott City and Elkridge areas.