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Maryland candidate for governor Vignarajah proposes plan to combat flooding after Ellicott City disaster

Maryland candidate for governor Vignarajah proposes plan to combat flooding after Ellicott City disaster

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah on Thursday inspected the wreckage of the deadly flash flood that destroyed Ellicott City last month and laid out an ambitious plan to try to prevent another disaster.

Vignarajah, a former policy director for First Lady Michelle Obama, is proposing the creation of a $350 million “Community Resilience Revolving Fund” that would provide low-interest loans and grants to communities to implement flood abatement projects.

The fund would prioritize restoring forests, wetlands, and vegetated stream buffers to help mitigate runoff...

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