Ellicott City Flood

Maryland lawmakers advocate more funding to help flood-proof Ellicott City

Maryland lawmakers advocate more funding to help flood-proof Ellicott City

A flood that ravished Ellicott City in July 2016 was called a “once-in-a-thousand-year” disaster.

Then it happened again 22 months later, the result of a storm that swept through the area on Memorial Day weekend, destroying homes and businesses and leaving one person dead.

On Monday, Maryland senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen hosted a “field hearing” to discuss the flood and potential methods to prevent future devastation.

Residents and local business owners say they want to know if they should return to the historic neighborhood. But officials estimate the area needs 18 structural and non-structural projects that would total $80...

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