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With new plan on pause, Ellicott City business owners feel stuck

Len Berkowitz, 74, and wife Sherry Fackler-Berkowitz, 65, stand in now-gutted Great Panes Art Glass Studio on Ellicott City’s Main Street. (Chris Cioffi/Capital News Service)

Capital News Service

After a 2016 flood destroyed Great Panes Art Glass Studio on this city’s Main Street, the owners resolved to rebuild.

Sherry Fackler-Berkowitz, 65, has run the business in the historic mill town with her husband Len Berkowitz, 74, for 40 years. They have owned a stone-and-stucco building where their studio is now for 35 years.

But after a second flood earlier this year destroyed their studio again, the Berkowitzes want out. They and other business owners are now stuck in limbo as arguments rage over the future of quaint and picturesque Ellicott City.

Preservation Maryland makes case Ellicott City flooding can be mitigated without razing historic buildings

Photo of Ellicott City in May 2016. By Famartin, via Wikimedia Commons.

In the wake of two devastating flash floods in three years, Howard County last week unveiled its plan to tackle any future deluges before the same natural disaster happens again. The county’s $50 million blueprint entails demolishing as many as 19 low-lying historic buildings in order to widen existing channels for the Tiber River and streams running beneath the old town’s streets, and adding three water-retention facilities upstream and new tunnels to carry floodwaters away from Main Street.

County Executive Allan Kittleman said the changes would help protect the town at a press conference one week ago. “I wish we weren’t here,” he said solemnly. “But this is a change we need.”

Benefits scheduled for Ellicott City after devastating flood

Workers clean up Main Street in Ellicott City after Sunday’s devastating flood. Image still from a video shot by the Howard County Government.

In the wake of the severe flooding that devastated Ellicott City’s Main Street, the second such disaster in less than two years, local businesses are hosting benefits to help the town get back on its feet. Already, Hysteria Brewing Company in Columbia held an event Monday to raise money for relief efforts.

Here’s a roundup of benefits in the coming days and weeks, including one that is pitching in to help people in West Baltimore affected by the flooding. We’ll try to update the list as we see more. If you are planning an event and would like it included, please email [email protected]

Police find body of missing National Guardsman two days after destructive Ellicott City flood

Eddison Alexander Hermond. Image via Howard County Police Department.

Howard County police say searchers have found the body of a National Guardsman in the Patapsco River, two days after he went missing while assisting with rescue efforts during a devastating flash flood.

Howard County Follows Suit, Removes Confederate Memorial Outside Courthouse

Photo via Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman/Facebook

Another local Confederate memorial disappeared from public view last night, when Howard County work crews removed a large commemorative stone located right outside the circuit courthouse in Ellicott City.

Under Flood Watch One Year After Deadly Rains, Ellicott City Proceeding With Weekend Commemoration

Photo of Ellicott City in May 2016. By Famartin, via Wikimedia Commons.

Almost one year ago to this day, a deadly flood swept through Old Ellicott City and took much of the town with it into the Patapsco River. This weekend, the Ellicott City community will be commemorating the sad occasion while outlasting another threat of a flood.

Sinkhole Closes Ellicott City Main Street

via ABC2

The road collapsed on Main Street in Ellicott City after a water main break overnight.