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Main Street in Ellicott City to reopen after devastating flash flooding

Posted at 9:04 AM, Jul 20, 2018

Traffic returns to Main Street in Ellicott City on Friday nearly two months after a devastating flood tore through the heart of the historic district.

The street will open at 5 p.m. allowing the free flow of traffic through the center of Ellicott City to be restored, but the restoration of the buildings and infrastructure is still a work in progress.

Recovering from the devastating flood has been a tough road for many business owners, struggling to get back on their feet since Memorial Day weekend. 

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While many business owners are anxiously awaiting the return of foot traffic to their stores, it's a moment that not everyone in town is ready for.

"I know that there's a lot of people who aren't happy about the street being open," said Julia Sanger with Park Ridge Trading Company. "You've got buildings that are boarded up, you've got construction work going on outside, you've got buildings on the verge of being condemned and they are essentially open."

And while Main Street itself reopens Friday night, Tiber Alley off Main Street continues to have restricted access.