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Ellicott City residents, business owners will receive extended clean-up access to buildings Monday

After a week of limited access to their homes and businesses following last week's deadly floods, Ellicott City residents and workers will be allowed inside their buildings for extended clean-up hours from noon to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman announced Sunday night.

Residents and owners must bring photo identification to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 3695 Rogers Avenue, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to pick up credentials to enter the ravaged Main Street area. Buses will take them from the church to Main Street beginning at noon. They may bring non-credentialed guests, who must remain with them.

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On Sunday, about 78 businesses, residents and property owners were joined by 200 others to work on clean-up efforts, Kittleman said.

"This was the day we've been waiting for since six days ago," Kittleman wrote on Facebook. "It was a great, great day. But business owners tell me that while they made good progress, they need more time in their buildings."

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Jessica McDonold, a manager at the Phoenix Emporium who has worked there for 10 years, said she was part of a group that managed to clear all the remaining debris out the bar's first floor Sunday.

"It went really well today," she said. "It was amazing that so many people were able to come together."

Many of her co-workers have been able to find other jobs, some of them through a Facebook group she helped set up that listed more than 100 job openings as of Sunday night.

Following the clean-up day Monday, Main Street will be closed through Friday for an extended evaluation of the public infrastructure. Kittleman said he hopes to reopen access for residents, merchants and business owners next weekend.

"While we have made great headway, now we need the time to get our experts in to help build a path forward," he wrote.

The county executive's Facebook also provided suggestions for those participating in the clean-up day Monday:

•Wear solid, closed toe footwear, preferably an over the ankle work boot or hiking boot.

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•Wear long pants and consider wearing a long sleeved shirt.

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•Bring work gloves and eye protection, if possible.

• Bring a flashlight due to the current power outage.

Safety officers, identified by their red vests, will be stationed throughout Main Street to assist with first aid.

For more information, residents may call 410-313-2900 or visit the county's Flood Recovery web site at www.howardcountymd.gov.

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