As part of the fiscal 2021 state budget, the Maryland General Assembly has approved $8.25 million for the Ellicott City Safe and Sound Plan.
According to the Howard County government, the amount includes $250,000 in a local bond bill for sidewalks in historic downtown Ellicott City.
“These funds are critical to moving our Safe and Sound Plan forward and will allow us to create a more resilient and sustainable Ellicott City,” County Executive Calvin Ball said in a statement. “In times of uncertainty, this is welcome news.”
The budget approval comes less than two weeks after Howard County hosted a public meeting to present the Army Corps of Engineers’ evaluation of the county’s $140 million Ellicott City flood mitigation plan.
The mitigation plan was developed in response to historic floods that ripped through downtown Ellicott City in 2016 and 2018, killing three people and causing severe damage.
During the 71-day legislative session — abbreviated due to the new coronavirus pandemic — Ball testified multiple times to advocate for funding for the Safe and Sound Plan.
Ball has said he wants the plan implemented by 2025, but as of now there is no clear timeline.