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Floods and Flooding

Is Calvin Ball's Ellicott City flood mitigation plan worth the cost?

Is Calvin Ball's Ellicott City flood mitigation plan worth the cost?

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball’s plan for mitigating future flooding in Ellicott City addresses many of the concerns we had with his predecessor's proposal. It requires the demolition of fewer buildings on the town’s historic Main Street and has the capacity to move more water safely away to the Patapsco. If and when the town is hit by flooding on the magnitude that we saw in 2016 and 2018 — a good bet given the chaotic effects of climate change — Mr. Ball’s proposal should make the loss of life that we saw in the last two floods less likely and the property damage much less severe. His plan also has the virtue of emerging from a fuller public discussion than the previous...

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