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Flooded Residents Wonder About Rebuilding

Residents and business owners in Ellicott City, Md. are assessing their future plans.
Flooded Residents Wonder About Rebuilding
May 30, 2018

In the wake of a devastating flash flood on Sunday May 27, some residents and business owners in Ellicott City, Md., say they are determined to rebuild, but others say they have reached a breaking point. It was less than two years ago, in July 2016, that Ellicott City was devastated by another flash flood, from which residents felt they had only recently recovered – when it happened again. Getting flood insurance around old Ellicott City already had been costly, and people now hesitate to think how much it might cost, on top of the debts they are still paying from the July 2016 flash flood.

Mike Muccilli, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said it was too early to make comparisons between the two devastating floods. In the July 2016 storm, Ellicott City received 6.6 inches (17 centimeters) of rain over a two- to three-hour period. On Sunday, the community received some 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) of rain over a six-hour period, most of it in an intense, three-hour period.

Torrential rains also have led to flooding in Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Annapolis, prompting Gov. Larry Hogan to declare a statewide emergency.

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