Displaced residents allowed brief return to gather belongings, document damage

Posted at 10:45 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 06:17:13-04

Ellicott City residents displaced by Saturday’s devastating floods will have an opportunity to access their homes between 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 3.

Residents should meet at Saint Peters Episcopal Church at 3695 Rogers Avenue to register to be escorted to their homes.  

"I know this has been difficult and we have been working hard to allow folks to return to their homes for essential possessions," Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman said. "These people have already experienced tremendous loss. We need to help them recover but it requires small steps. There is still a lot to stabilize and restore before a full recovery and clean up can begin. We appreciate everyone's cooperation so far and everyone's patience in this process."

During the visit, residents will be driven by trained safety personnel and allowed to document damage and retrieve essential items. They may only retrieve items that can be easily transported in a container no larger than 18" high, 18" wide and 24" long.  Due to the large number of residents who need to be accommodated, each will be limited to a maximum 10 minutes of access.

When coming to the site, residents need to:

  • Wear solid, closed toe footwear, preferably an over the ankle work boot or hiking boot. 
  • Wear long pants and are encouraged to wear a long sleeved shirt.
  • Consider bringing work gloves and eye protection.
  • Bring a flashlight due to the current power outage.

For more information, residents may call 410-313-2900.

The Howard County Council will also hold an emergency meeting Wednesday at 8 a.m. to introduce legislation that would extend the state of emergency for Ellicott City. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday followed by a vote from the council.

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