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As the rain clears, Ellicott City business owners allowed to return to stores

Posted at 7:51 AM, Jun 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 11:21:47-04

The weather is finally looking decent enough to allow Ellicott City business owners to go to their stores on Monday and continue cleaning up.

They haven’t been able to return to their shops since Friday, so store owners and volunteers can finally come to the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church starting at 4 p.m. on Monday to get credentialed.

They’ll then have from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. to come down to their stores and clean up. All the rain we had this weekend, and a couple of days last week,  have really hampered efforts for business and homeowners to get to their buildings and assess the damage as well as haul out debris.

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A couple of store owners say they don’t think they’ll be coming back to Main Street. Jeni Porter, who owns Little Market Café, says she plans to stay and rebuild, and she hopes others will too.

"I’m hoping that our community stays tough I mean we really want to all support each other and help whoever we can and get us back to the gem that we were," Porter said. 

Support from the community is going to be critical once again to get these stores back up and running. If you want to volunteer in Ellicott City you can go to the Howard County Government website to register.

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