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Flood prevention funding secured for Ellicott City before Assembly session ends

Posted at 11:25 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 11:25:51-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard County legislators were able to secure funding for flood prevention in Ellicott City before the close of the 2019 General Assembly session, County Executive Calvin Ball announced Tuesday.

The 2020 state capital budget will include $3.4 million for the Ellicott City Safe and Sound plan, Ball announced, giving thanks to the county’s delegation of Del. Courtney Watson and Sen. Katie Hester in particular for their efforts in shepherding the funding allocation.

Additionally, $8 million of funding will be spread out over three years as part of the Comprehensive Flood Mitigation Fund, with a priority on historic districts that flood, Ball’s statement said. The bill, HB 428, takes effect on June 1.

“This was a team effort, everyone played a role,” said Watson. “Our goal is to make sure the state continues to set aside funding to help not only Ellicott City, but other areas affected by flooding.”