Ellicott City undergoing restoration project to prevent potential flooding

Water rushes through Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. After the floodwaters receded, emergency officials had no immediate reports of fatalities or injuries. But by nightfall first responders and rescue officials were still going through the muddied, damaged downtown, conducting safety checks and ensuring people evacuated. (Libby Solomon/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Howard County officials are trying to avoid another deadly flood and are taking steps to do so by restoring and stabilizing a part of the Little Patuxent River in Ellicott City.

The Ellicott City stream restoration project will involve grading stream banks and adding control structures to prevent further eroding along the city’s river banks.

The historic city was hit by serious flash floods in May, which occurred less than two years after what many called a once-in-1,000-year flood that devastated the area during the summer of 2016.

In the meantime, a number of property owners are still waiting to see what to do next.

“It’s a lot of work. If it started pouring it makes me think are we gonna have to get out of here,” said Ron White of Ron’s Handyman’s Services.

Thirteen buildings were set to be purchased and demolished under a flood-control plan put forth by outgoing County Executive Alan Kittleman, who lost his re-election.

And soon to be County Executive Calvin Ball has stated that he doesn't like the idea of demolishing historic structures.

“Demolishing should be a last resort. Other places before we do that,” said Baneet Gil of Syriana Café.

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