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Ellicott City clock returned to Main Street, set to 9:20

The clock at the bottom of Main Street in Ellicott City was returned to its base Wednesday morning. The clock was ripped from its location by flood water, debris and cars washed down the road during Saturday's flash flood.

The iconic clock that was ripped from Main Street when flood water, debris and cars flowed downhill in Saturday's deadly flash flood has been returned to its mooring.

The clock was reset Wednesday morning and set to 9:20 — the approximate time it last told before falling toward, and eventually into, the Patapsco River.


Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman praised the effort to restore the clock to its location during a walking tour of Main Street Wednesday morning.

The clock was found in pieces in the Patapsco River in the hours after the floodwaters subsided.


Two people died in the flood and the historic downtown of Old Ellicott City was deluged with damaging water, ripping apart sidewalks, foundations and the first floor of businesses.

The community has been full of property owners, volunteers, government officials and news media in the days since.

The clock sits at the bottom of the hill, a few hundred feed from the Patapsco River, outside the B&O Railroad museum building. The face of the clock recognizes the Kiwanis Club, and its structure notes the founding of the town — which was established in 1772.

This story will be updated as more information is available.