Ellicott City’s Main Street Reopens After Devastating Flood

The final portion of Ellicott City's Main Street has been reopened more than two months after a flash flood killed two people and caused extensive damage in the historic mill town.

People clapped and drivers honked as the street reopened Thursday to the public. Several stores also opened their doors for the first time since July 30.

Still, many businesses remain boarded up with plywood, some with walls spray-painted with the word ``unsafe.''

County Executive Allan H. Kittleman issued a statement urging people to patronize the reopened businesses while respecting the work that still needs to be done.

The flooding swept away two people and damaged or destroyed dozens of buildings and more than 200 vehicles.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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