After saving for five years, Tsung Chien Chen is planning to rebuild a home he owns in Ellicott City that he knows floodwaters could condemn — again.
The Woodbine resident says he has little choice.
Chen's land, which rests on a 100-year flood plain, a low-lying area more prone to flooding, is "worthless," he said.
Rebuilding in the hopes of reselling or moving in to the house again is his only recourse, Chen said. After moving between several homes, Chen moved to Woodbine after the flood destroyed his Ellicott City home in 2011. He continues to pay $3,000 in annual property taxes on the land.
Five years ago, Tropical...