Creative Options for Lower Main Street
The county executive has great respect for the hard work that went into the previous flood mitigation plan. The $50 million, 5-year plan called for the destruction of 10 buildings on lower Main Street in the heart of Ellicott City and still allowed for the possibility of 4 to 6 feet of flood water. Before moving forward with a plan that would take years to complete and in the end would not resolve the flooding issue, the county executive charged his administration with exploring options for flood mitigation that put public safety first, but that also retained as much of Old Ellicott City’s charm and history as possible.
At the county executive's direction, the Department of Public Works continues to explore flood mitigation options that do not require full scale demolition. Public meetings to explore the new model runs will be held later this spring.