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Howard County to announce decision on Ellicott City's 'Safe and Sound" Plan

Posted at 6:58 AM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 08:25:06-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball will announce his plans to protect historic Ellicott City from devastating floods in the future.

Last month, the county executive presented five options and asked the public to give input on each plan. Each option could knock down anywhere from four to six buildings.

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The buildings are on the lower end of Main Street. A stream runs under those buildings and some sit on top of steel beams to allow the water to pass under them.

Ball asked the public to give input on which option they believe is the best to prevent the flooding. During the 2016 and 2018 floods, three people died and millions of dollars in flood damage accrued.

The Ellicott City Flood Plan announcement will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the George Howard Building on Court House Drive.