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Howard County hosts meetings on grant program for Ellicott City flood mitigation projects

Water rushes through Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Libby Solomon/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Water rushes through Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Libby Solomon/The Baltimore Sun via AP) (Libby Solomon / AP)

Howard County’s Department of Public Works will hold two informational meetings — including one on Tuesday — to help people who might want to apply for the county’s Flood Mitigation Assistance Pilot Program.

Attendees can ask officials questions about the grant program, which is available to property owners in the Plum Tree, Little Plumtree, Tiber-Hudson and New Cut watersheds. Applications are due by March 29.

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Saying Howard County “must make sure we are not using a sledgehammer when only a scalpel is necessary,” County Executive Calvin Ball said Thursday that the county will continue its move to acquire buildings in historic Ellicott City, but has not committed to demolishing them.

Officials say the flood mitigation assistance program will provide grants up to $5,000 per project for property owners with a total program cap of $150,000.

The meetings will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 and Thursday, Feb. 28, at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Dr., Ellicott City.

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