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A plan to preserve the history of Ellicott City during Thursday night's Flood Plan meeting

Posted at 7:33 AM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 08:29:48-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard County officials will discuss several changes to keep Ellicott City safe from future flooding Thursday night.

Their goal is to prevent further loss of life and property while preserving the town’s history and charm.

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The plans being discussed are part of what’s being called Phase Two. It focuses on how to divert water off Main Street which would include the loss of up to six buildings while renovating others.

There are five flood mitigation plans being considered as part of the Safe and Sound plan for Ellicott City.

The famed Phoenix Emporium is listed to be demolished in all five plans. The Phoenix has been a Main Street fixture for nearly 40 years, and its owner hopes to be able to work with officials to find a way to stay here.

After two devastating floods in two years, Howard County officials are looking for solutions to prevent any more loss of life or property.

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball believes the new plans will support both businesses and property owners as they seek to preserve Ellicott City’s charm. The five plans cost between about $60 million and $175 million and will take from four to seven years to complete.

Governor Larry Hogan said the state will put up $700,000 to support phase two of the flood recovery plan.

The meeting will be held at Howard High School at 7:00 p.m. It’s open to the public, to let county officials know what is thought of the plans.