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Storm triggers Ellicott City's safe and sound plan

Posted: 5:47 PM, May 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-29 10:23:23-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Last week's storm triggered Ellicott City's "Safe and Sound" plan. Any significant weather triggers the plan.

A few days after a storm, Howard Ecoworks crews are sent out to inspect waterways for debris and any malfunctions.

"We go to 55 points in the county, and we look for debris that might cause blockages or cause the stream to not be able to flow downhill and instead come out to the street, and be where we don't want it to be," said Lori Lilly, Executive Director of Howard Ecoworks.

Inspectors are usually sent out after rain events of at least two inches in 24 hours or if there are winds of 30 miles per hour for an hour. After inspections, crews are sent out to pull the debris out. If it's too big the county will step in.