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Lawmakers to host hearing on Ellicott City

Discuss repeated flooding and possible solutions
Posted at 8:11 AM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 13:33:14-04

After two 'thousand year' floods in only two years, officials in Ellicott City are looking for solutions.

It's been almost three months since those devastating floods ripped through Ellicott City and on Monday lawmakers are coming together to figure out what can be done to prevent this from happening again.

The hearing will focus on the issue of flooding and potential methods for preventing future devastating floods. This comes as people living and working in the city continue to rebuild after May's floods caused millions of dollars in damage.

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Maryland's Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen will host the hearing and Congressman Elijah Cummings will also be there to testify on the repeated flooding events and discuss potential solutions.

Some of the questions they look to discuss are how a thousand year flood could happen twice in two years, and what federal programs are most effective before, during and after flooding to assist local communities.

The hearing starts at 1 p.m. at the George Howard Building.