Floods and Flooding

State bill could bring new flood control standards to historic Ellicott City

State bill could bring new flood control standards to historic Ellicott City

A bill expected to be considered by the state legislature next year would add regulations for new structures in historic Ellicott City.

The proposal recommends an update to Maryland’s code and would require the state Department of the Environment to adopt additional regulation for developments and redevelopments that might worsen flooding in the town that has had two deadly floods since 2016.

“It is important to not to continue to exacerbate the conditions that are creating flooding in the historic district,” said Del. Robert Flanagan, whose 20 year tenure representing Ellicott City and western portions of Howard County in the state legislature ended earlier this month after...

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