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Federal loans available for Ellicott City flood victims

Governor Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman addressed the ongoing cleanup and restoration of Ellicott City following the recent flooding. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

Ellicott City flash flood victims can apply for low-cost federal loans to rebuild areas devastated by the fatal July 30 disaster, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday.

Hogan asked the Small Business Administration the day before to formally declare the Howard County town a disaster area, and the agency did so Wednesday. The declaration enables victims to access federal programs to rebuild businesses, homes and rental properties.

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The July 30 flood ripped through the historic, riverside town, killing two people and destroying at least six buildings.

After touring the city's recovery efforts with Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman on Wednesday, Hogan announced the federal government acted quickly to help the rebuilding efforts. He said the commercial district on Main Street looked much improved over the past 10 days.

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Hogan and Kittleman also said an intensive effort is underway to deal with the damage to nearby waterways. Kittleman said 35 to 38 cars washed downstream were still in the Patapsco River, though workers had done all the preliminary work to identify and remove them.

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