Will Two Major Floods Prompt Development Changes in Ellicott City?

Route Fifty: In the wake of its second devastating flood in two years, Ellicott City, Maryland is once again facing the long haul of rebuilding. For some people, recovery is simply continuing work started after the 2016 flood. For others, it’s begun anew.

But much remains unclear, including what can be done differently—particularly whether the county will change future development, or mitigate ongoing projects, as a way to lessen the devastating impacts of flooding in the area. The notion is complicated, as floods are influenced by factors other than just increased watershed development, including climate change, Howard County Councilman Jon Weinstein said.

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