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Floods and Flooding

Better materials can minimize flood damage

While new construction and impervious surfaces contribute to the threat of future flooding in Ellicott City, builders, architects and designers also need to consider alternative materials when it's time to re-design structures damaged by floods and other catastrophes ("After deadly flash flood, concern about development's impact on Ellicott City," Aug. 13).

Some materials are simply more appropriate for areas prone to flooding and other disasters. By selecting a more resilient construction material, the damage from future storms can be less...