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One year after deadly flood, officials hope to defend Ellicott City against destruction in the future

One year after deadly flood, officials hope to defend Ellicott City against destruction in the future

Ellicott City was established nearly 250 years ago, but it only took a flash flood two hours to rip through Main Street on July 30, 2016 and blow out shop windows, sweep away possessions and ravage livelihoods.

Sally Fox Tennant's craft shop Discoveries is among those damaged stores. Her Main Street establishment is full of glass and porcelain, the kinds of items that were destroyed by last year's flood, costing her thousands of dollars in lost inventory and damages.

Tennant, who owns the property and lives above her storefront, has fought over the past year to salvage and strengthen her shop, which she

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