November/December 2016

There was nothing unusual about the rain when it started. What was unusual is that it didn’t stop. For several hours on the evening of July 30, 2016, the skies over Ellicott City opened. By the time they closed, nearly six inches of rain had fallen, leaving the historic downtown’s Main Street under water, two people dead, and 200 buildings damaged or destroyed.


The next morning, Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in Howard County as residents and merchants, stunned by the sheer scope of the devastation, began the grim work of reclaiming their town. Swept-away cars were hauled from ditches and creeks. Mud was slowly shoveled out of shops, restaurants and homes. People wept.

While the recovery will take a long time – recent estimates put the overall damage at $22.4 million – Ellicott City is determined to come back strong. Relief efforts, which began almost immediately after the waters receded, continue as regional organizations step up to do their part to aid in the healing.

Please visit the Ellicott City Partnership ( to make a monetary donation, and watch for the next issue of “Her Mind,” which will feature coverage of how local merchants are looking to the future.

ellicott_city_update2In August, Blossoms of Hope and Praxis Engineering jointly hosted “Blossoms of Jobs” at AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar in Columbia. Along with helping those displaced by the flooding meet with local businesses and community activists (and possibly find new jobs), the event raised money, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to relief for those affected by the flood.

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