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Ellicott City Main Street to reopen Friday as state of emergency from flood is lifted

Howard County officials said Monday that they will soon lift Ellicott City’s state of emergency, put in place in the aftermath of the May 27 deadly flash flood.
Howard County officials said Monday that they will soon lift Ellicott City’s state of emergency, put in place in the aftermath of the May 27 deadly flash flood. (BSMG file)

Howard County officials said Monday that they will soon lift Ellicott City’s state of emergency, put in place in the aftermath of the May 27 deadly flash flood.

The state of emergency, previously slated to last until the end of the month, will be lifted Friday by an executive order from County Executive Allan H. Kittleman.

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Steve Watts, the county’s flood recovery manager, announced the change during a meeting Monday night where officials discussed the county’s continued cleanup efforts.

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.

Ending the state of emergency will reopen Main Street to a free flow of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The street will reopen at 5 p.m. Friday.

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Higher on Main Street where some stores have begun to reopen, many owners claim they need the street to reopen to allow for customers to more easily reach their businesses.

Some shop owners on lower Main Street had previously criticized calls for greater access, saying it would impede their cleanup efforts.

Access to Tiber Alley off Main Street will remain restricted as cleanup efforts continue, Watts said during the meeting.

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