Publication Date November 12, 2019 | Ellicott City, MD Patch

Ellicott City Residents Say Flood Mitigation Plan Failed

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Not even two weeks ago, heavy rain fell in Ellicott City. Officials hoped the city's flood prevention plan would work as they intended. It did...but not completely. Howard County officials credit the plan for minimizing flooding but residents say that's not the case and that they still experienced considerable flooding.

In just three years, Ellicott City has been inundated with rain leading to historic flooding. That prompted Howard County Executive Calvin Ball to initiate the "Safe and Sound Flood Mitigation and Public Safety Plan." Even though it's still in its early stages, the plan was put to the test when more than two inches of rain fell Halloween night. There was some flooding, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been, officials say. Residents disagree.