Howard County's planning board delayed a vote on a plan to build 13 houses less than a mile away from flood-ravaged Main Street in historic Ellicott City, continuing a more than six-month-long case that gained renewed opposition following July's flash flood in the historic district.
The county's emergency response strategy, signed into law by executive order in June last year, was put to the test after the Ellicott City flood, drawing in "a whole universe of people who put in nights and weekends to keep things moving," said Ryan Miller, director of the county's Office of Emergency Management.
Hermine weakened to a tropical storm, but continues to move up the Atlantic coast Friday, and is expected to bring rain to Central Maryland Saturday evening through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
A community-driven effort has made Baltimore one of the most forward-thinking and resilient when it comes to flooding damage in the United States, saving thousands of residents hundreds of thousands of dollars collectively in the process.
About 75 city officials, residents, climate activists and preservationists attended an event Saturday in the state capital's downtown waterfront, which has experienced increased flooding during major storms in recent years.
Allview Estates floodplain residents, approximately 30-plus homes, are going to have a serious flooding problem made worse if Howard County builds the bridge needed for the Little Patuxent River Bike Path at the confluence of the Little Patuxent River, Beaver Run and the overflow from Lake Elkhorn.
Now that the weather is becoming warmer (wishful thinking) South Laurel/Montpelier residents have the opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with all that Bedford Park offers. This tiny jewel in our neighborhood is off Muirkirk Road and accessible from Horton Road and Orvis Lane.
By Sara Walser, Sara_walser@yahoo.com and 301-717-0050
The Historic Ellicott City Flood Work Group will hold a public hearing to discuss its recommendations to reduce flooding in the area, along with feedback from the community on Monday, March 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Columbia/Ellicott City Room in the George Howard Building.
Over the past several months, Carroll County has seen its largest one-day snow accumulation and torrential rains, but luckily it has never experienced a disaster like the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, flood of May 31, 1889, that killed over 2,200 people, destroyed 1,600 homes, and nearly wiped out several towns.
Called SKYWARN, the program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has trained nearly 300,000 people across the country to be weather spotters. A basic class is scheduled Tuesday at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City, followed two weeks later by a class on flooding.
Harford County fire and rescue crews kept busy Wednesday night as they had to respond to three incidents of drivers trapped in high water during a furious rainstorm that flooded roads and caused thousands of customers to lose power.