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Ravens donate $10,000 to Ellicott City flood relief

The Ravens’ donated $10,000 to the United Way’s “EC Strong” relief fund, and are also promoting the sale of T-shirts, the proceeds of which will go to the relief fund.

As the Ravens continued training camp Wednesday, they made a number of efforts to aid relief from the devastating floods in Ellicott City over the weekend.

The flash floods took two lives, damaged the city's downtown area and forced Gov. Larry Hogan to declare a state of emergency. The Ravens' donated $10,000 to the United Way's "EC Strong" relief fund, and are also promoting the sale of T-shirts, the proceeds of which will go to the relief fund.

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Wearing one of those T-shirts -- which say "I [heart] EC" with the Maryland flag inside the heart -- Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro announced the team's initiatives after practice Wednesday.

"Being from Howard County, growing up in Ellicott City, what happened with the flood really hits home," Campanaro, a River Hill graduate, said. "I'm from there. My brother lives right on Frederick Road."

The shirts are on sale at 98online.com. The United Way has also asked those affected by the floods and those interested in supporting the relief to text "ECStrong" to 51555.

The effects of the floods were disastrous, as the water swept away cars, decimated buildings and reached the ceiling level of downtown shops.

"It was nuts," Campanaro said. "I think the video was awesome, though, with the people helping each other out, getting the lady out of the car. That was awesome. But just the water flow and cars flying down the street is just nuts."

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