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How to prevent a third strike, community meeting about Ellicott City flooding

Posted: 8:48 AM, Sep 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-13 08:50:34-04

As people in the Carolinas brace for Hurricane Florence, many in Ellicott City are concerned about future flooding in their area.

Howard County officials are hosting a roundtable discussion Thursday night so people can weigh in on ways to prevent another thousand-year flood. It will be held at the Howard County Conservancy at 7 p.m. and the forum is an opportunity for the people who live and work here to exchange ideas about the problem of flooding in Ellicott City.

Two deadly and devastating floods in Ellicott City in two years has many neighbors and business owners concerned about a third strike. Organizers of the forum say this is a pivotal issue in Howard County for the environment, people's lives, and history.

The Howard County Conservancy will bring in a variety of experts with diverse backgrounds in business, preservation, property development, along with water, weather, and climate science.

The program started out as a year-long project for ninth grade students in Howard County to take an in-depth look at the watershed and present their findings to county leaders.

Thursday nights roundtable is free and open to the public but you do have to go online and register on the Howard County Conservancy website first.