Construction should wrap up in early February.

Howard County has announced plans to begin a wall repair project following the tragic flash flood that ripped through Ellicott City in May of last year.

The project centers on securing a stone wall behind the buildings at 3732 Old Columbia Pike, where the road meets with the city’s historic Main Street. Trees surrounding the area will be cleared away, and heavy stones will act as a ballast to prevent further erosion at the site. The wall neighbors the Tiber Hudson Branch creek, which flows through the Patapsco River and through Ellicott City by extension.

The flood, which hit Ellicott City on May 28, 2018, was the second flood of its kind to occur in the last two years, days before a flood emergency alert system was to be effective in the city. The flood killed Eddison Hermond, a 39-year-old Maryland National Guardsman who tried helping a woman rescuing her pet. Reaching 8.4 inches of rain and destroying countless businesses in the city, it was labeled a “1,000-year rainstorm,” along with the flood that ravaged less than two years earlier in 2016.

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced a plan back in December that addresses the threat of flooding, which he calls “Safe and Sound.” The plan includes an emphasis on preservation, with efforts in maintaining the city’s historic sites. You can read more about Calvin Ball’s plan here.

If the project goes according to schedule, construction should wrap up in early February.

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