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The sound of music to help heal the wrath of Mother Nature

Posted at 11:20 PM, Jun 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 23:20:43-04

Some progress is being made in Ellicott City.

The preliminary cleanup is wrapped up and last night's rain didn't cause any major setbacks.

As business owners and residents wait to get back in-- a small business is planning a concert for the victims.

Rooster + Hen is a small business nestled in between Ellicott city and Catonsville.

The central neighbor of two cities washed out by flood waters.

“Words can’t express the pain that we felt for our friends and the rest of the community,” said Allison Smith.

Smith and her husband Joe McRedmon are building their nest there.

Music is what brought the new family of five together.

 “There are a lot of things that we can’t do to help the flood, but we know how to put concerts on and we know how to drum up on audience,” Smith said.

That’s what they’ll do tomorrow with a charity concert on Saturday.

Starting at 1 pm a new live band will take the stage every hour until 7 pm.

It’s a free show but they suggest a $10 donation with all proceeds going towards Ellicott City Partnership.

The Hen + Rooster may be a small space, but there will plenty of room for a much-needed good time.

 “It’s going to be packed but we’re going to make it comfortable and the ice cream will be flowing,” said Smith.

The sound that will fill the space will hopefully strike a cord of hope.

 “People are right now numbed because it happened so recently and stunned,” said Joe McRedmond.

There's still a long way to go in Ellicott City.

58 people are in temporary housing provided by the county, and there are still 47 uncollected cars that were towed out.               

The hope is the rain breaks up long enough on Sunday to get in and out when the city opens up from 8 am to 8 pm.

"There was sand and mud all over the sidewalks, most of that is either gone or very close to gone,” said Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman.  “They put a lot of boarding up for the windows that are broken so people that have businesses and residents don't need to worry about someone going into their property.”

One of Sweet Cascades Chocolatier’s two locations was in Ellicott City.

Every day of profit loss is devastating, and the couple didn’t hesitate when the owner reached out.

“Within a couple of days she was set up people started visiting her immediately and we’re all really really excited to share this space with her,” Smith said.

A small business sandwiched between big problems.

 “We consider ourselves part of the fabric of the town. Our kids go to school here. Our business is very nearby obviously and both Ellicott City and Catonsville are a huge part of our lives.”

A small light of hope to get through these dark times.

Barring weather people can go down to main street from 5-8 pm on Saturday to pick up belongings and clean up.