Plan to Prevent Ellicott City Floods May Result in Buildings Destroyed

Howard County officials have revealed a plan they believe would help alleviate the amount of flooding that occurs in Ellicott City to avoid another disaster like the ones that happened in 2016 and 2018. The biggest point in the proposed $50 million plan involves the destruction of 19 buildings, including 10 on the low end of Main Street. 

The buildings would be removed in order to widen the streams that feed into the Patapsco River at the bottom of Ellicott City. Some of the buildings are built nearly on top of the tributaries.

The plan would take about five years to accomplish. The county would like to work with building owners to acquire them so that they can be removed.

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