On July 30, 2016, an unprecedented flood devastated Ellicott City’s historic main street. The flood completed destroyed four historic buildings and damaged over twenty others. A little over a year later, businesses are open again and people have returned for shopping and dining.
Although there is more to go for a full rebound, the commitment to saving historic buildings wherever possible and returning businesses to their shops as quickly as possible has been impressive. The incredible recovery is the result of countless hours of cleanup, stabilization, and rebuilding by volunteers, business owners, and construction professionals. It is also the result of countless hours by the staff of Preservation Maryland, which quickly launched an emergency flood fund and has operated a resource center for the past year to help owners evaluate and rebuild their historic structures.
Please join us on a one-hour walking tour with our partners from Preservation Maryland to learn about the flood and the recovery efforts. We have purposefully timed this tour to end at lunchtime so that you can help support the ongoing recovery by patronizing a local restaurant!