Howard County officials said Friday they were providing temporary housing for dozens of Ellicott City residents who were displaced by flooding.
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said 58 residents of the historic town were displaced by the deadly flash flood that ripped through Main Street Sunday. The county will provide hotel rooms for them for the next two weeks, he said.
County officials and private contractors were continuing to work on infrastructure repairs after the flood destroyed dozens of businesses, Kittleman said at a Friday afternoon press conference.
The county executive said he expected a significant amount of work to get done this weekend.
“I’m looking forward to an opportunity for folks to get a lot done,” he said. “It is amazing what our folks in public works and our private contractors have done. They have done a tremendous amount of work in the last five or six days.”
After Ellicott City suffered the deadly and devastating flash flood of 2016, the Howard County government commissioned an engineering study to determine how much it would cost to make the historic mill town safer. The answer: A lot.
On Sunday, May 27, thunderstorms pounded the Baltimore region for hours. The storm morphed Old Ellicott City into a deadly flood zone. Here’s how it happened. (Baltimore Sun video)
Friday afternoon, some spotty storms began popping up in Virginia and Pennsylvania, but none had developed in Maryland. Forecasters expected perhaps half an inch to three quarters of an inch of rain Friday, and estimated a 60 percent chance of showers and fog overnight into Saturday.
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The persistence of wet weather comes as Baltimore marks the end of its third-wettest May on record, with more than 8 inches of rain last month at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.