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Information For Businesses Involved in the Ellicott City Flooding

August 01, 2016

Daily Update for Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – There are a few things that I have been asked to emphasize regarding the 5 day access period to main street this week

The county wants to stress that this is the window for you to complete cleaning out, collect your inventory, restore essential utilities on your building, dry your building out, and secure it for the three week period. The hours available to access your property following this time period will become severely limited, so they want you to do as much as you can during this 5 day time.

If you have inventory in an area that needs repairing, please pack it up and remove it as soon as possible. It has been relayed to us that it will be difficult for your contractors to work in buildings with inventory still stored in it. The removal of this inventory will allow them to work through as many buildings as possible as quick as possible.   

Cars, vans, pickups and small box trucks will be allowed to enter the Main Street area for the retrieval of larger items and belongings. Those planning to bring a vehicle must call 410-313-2900 to have access approved and scheduled.  Vehicles will be scheduled in six-hour blocks of time. Those accessing properties will be allowed to make multiple visits during the five-day period

Additionally, once inside your buildings, it is requested that you turn on the water and let it run for 15 minutes.

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Executive Kittleman announces details for five-day access to Ellicott City’s Main Street

From Thursday, Aug. 18 through Monday, Aug. 22, the County has established a window from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day for those needing to clean out, pack up and move out of their residences and businesses. Building owners can also use this time to bring in contractors to begin working on a recovery plan or for emergency remediation.  However, this access is not intended to be used for rebuilding and no media access will be permitted

Cars, vans, pickups and small box trucks will be allowed to enter the Main Street area for the retrieval of larger items and belongings.  Those planning to bring a vehicle must call 410-313-2900 to have access approved and scheduled.  Vehicles will be scheduled in six-hour blocks of time. Those accessing properties will be allowed to make multiple visits during the five-day period.  

 

County law enforcement will be on-site providing traffic control and directing vehicles to the most safe, convenient and accessible parking spots.  Drivers should use caution, limiting their speed to 5 miles per hour or less.  Traffic will be one-way, eastbound only, and vehicles will be allowed to exit onto Old Columbia Pike or at the foot of Main Street.

Credentialing and staging will begin at 7 a.m. at the following locations: 

Thursday, Aug. 18; Friday, August 19 and Monday, August 22:

•St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3695 Rogers Avenue, Ellicott City

Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21:

•George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City

Property owners, businesses and residents will be allowed to bring an unlimited number of family, friends and contractors to assist.  All must be credentialed and be at least 18 years of age (or 16 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian) to gain access to the site.  Vehicles from the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will provide transportation for those people assisting in the cleanup.

Roll-off dumpsters will be strategically located throughout Main Street for those still disposing of debris.

The community-provided supply truck will be located at each day’s specific check-in/staging location, distributing cleaning supplies.  The hours for this truck will be:

  • •Thursday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • •Friday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • •Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • •Sunday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • •Monday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

After this five-day window, Main Street will be closed for three weeks to allow county public works crews and other utility workers the time they need to complete critical work with the goal of reopening Main Street to pedestrian traffic, hopefully around Sept. 16. 

Those planning to participate in the cleanup should wear solid, closed-toe footwear (preferably an over-the-ankle work boot or hiking boot), long-sleeved shirts, long pants, goggles, and non-porous and protective gloves.  It is suggested they also use N95 respirator masks for exposure to mold-contamination or other hazards and bring a flashlight.

Throughout the cleanup, participants are encouraged to take frequent 10 minute breaks to rest and rehydrate.

Additionally, once inside their buildings, people are requested to turn on the water and let it run for 15 minutes.

For more information or assistance, please call 410-313-2900 and continue to visit the recovery resource page at www.ECfloodrecovery.org.


 

Please take a look at the message below about access to main street this week, followed by a long window of being closed for critical repairs. We will update you when a more detailed plan is announced tomorrow. 

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August 15, 2016 

Executive Kittleman announces five-day window for access to Ellicott City’s Main Street; plans for infrastructure repairs

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman announced today that residents, merchants and building owners will be given extended dawn to dusk access to Ellicott City’s Main Street area starting Thursday, Aug. 18 and continuing through Monday, Aug. 22.

After this five-day window, Main Street will be closed for three weeks to allow county public works crews and other utility workers the time they need to complete critical work with the goal of reopening Main Street to pedestrian traffic, hopefully around  Sept. 16. 

“During the extended access, those displaced by the July 30 flash flooding will have the chance to clean up, haul out, remediate damage and move out items from their homes and businesses,” said Kittleman. “This time may also be used for property owners to bring in contractors to develop a plan for rebuilding.”

The county will have a more detailed plan about the five-day access period by the end of the day Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Public works crews have been busy today rebuilding several retaining walls, repairing underground pipes and conduits and continuing work to add crushed rock to repair sunken areas around infrastructure.

For more information related to Ellicott City recovery, follow Howard County Government on social media or visit www.ECfloodrecovery.org.

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See the County Executive’s video announcement - https://youtu.be/-6NK4yGFRlc


 

No Update on Main Street Access 

At this time we have not received word regarding open public access time periods for this week. If we get updated information we will pass it along to you. 

We do hope to continue to receive access on a limited basis to complete special requests. If you need special access to main street we ask that you contact the main call center at 410-313-2900 during the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm with your request. The call center will collect information regarding your request over the phone and enter it in to be reviewed.

Public Works Projects / Army Corps of Engineers

Today and throughout much of this week Howard County public works employees are working to shore up channel walls along the Tiber River. They are also hard at work repairing the retaining wall on Hamilton Street (which serves as the entrance to Lot D.) Additionally, there is another retaining wall near the B and O Museum that is being repaired. Finally, they are coordinating with BGE to get gas mains repaired on the south side of Main Street between Maryland Avenue and Hamilton Street. They have already filled all the sidewalks on Main Street and put on temporary asphalt caps. 90 percent of the storm drain inlets have been cleaned and repaired. More than 70 properties have had their water and sewer connections checked, including 20 that had to be repaired.

The Army Corps of Engineers are in Ellicott City for 10 days. Among the important work they are doing is helping to clear obstructions from the Tiber Channel that could pose an imminent flooding threat should we get more significant rainfall.


 

Daily Update: Sunday, August 14, 2016.  

Emergency Legislation Submitted Waiving Permit Fees

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman submitted emergency legislation to waive fees for permits, electrical, plumbing, utilities, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, water and sewer service, and other fees for property and business owners affected by the July 30th flood. He has also asked the Howard County Council to hold an Emergency Legislative Session to consider this bill. The meeting has been scheduled for this week. Thank you to the Howard County Council for their support throughout this historic event. The Bill is retroactive to August 1, the first weekday after the flooding.

More info/full list of permits: http://bit.ly/2aUqBew

Economic Development Follow Up

During the next few days we will be following up directly with businesses and building owners in order to get an update on your current status and record what your needs are moving forward. Please keep an eye out for our phone calls and emails. 

OSHA Decontamination Tips

Returning from Main Street cleanup? Please read these important decontamination tips:

https://www.osha.gov/Publicati…/general_decontamination.html

 


 

Daily Update: Saturday, August 13, 2016. Sorry this one is so late in the day; I have been helping my parents move all day and forgot to send it out before I left the house this morning. Most of this information is about tomorrow, so tomorrows email may be short. 

GROUP VOLUNTEER CHECK IN: 

For residents and business owners who have volunteers meeting them to help out, please bring a list of your volunteers when you check in at the George Howard Building. That way, you don't have to keep coming back to check your volunteers in every time a new shift or volunteer shows up.

ADDITIONAL DAMAGE AWARENESS:

As businesses and building owners clean up, they may need to keep an eye out for additional damage. Please put safety first. We recommend you consult with a structural engineer before making any significant changes. If you have questions, call the Howard County Call Center at 410-313-2900.

HEAT ADVISORY/ WHISTLES:

With the heat index expected to be in 110-115 degree range this weekend, the county is recommending that those taking part in the Ellicott City cleanup to take 10 minute breaks once every 30 minutes. Whistles will sound every 30 min in Ellicott City to keep people aware of how much time has passed. The county will have cooling stations and water available throughout the Main Street area

CLOTHING AND FOOTWARE CLEANING

For those coming to any of the cleanup days: Clean contaminated clothing and footwear after walking in the flood zone and before entering buildings/residences after leaving the area.

SUNDAY ACCESS:

Access to Ellicott City’s Main Street will run from the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Credentialing will begin at 8 a.m. Those assisting with the cleanup will be transported to Main Street locations by bus. All must be credentialed and be at least 18 years of age (or 16 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian) to gain access to the cleanup site.

NO VEHICLE ACCESS SUNDAY

You are not permitted to bring a vehicle in during this weekends access periods. If you need to bring a vehicle into Ellicott City please contact 410-313-2900 to submit a request. 

 


 

Update for Friday, August 12th. Three VERY IMPORTANT things in this email. New time for cleanup day due to excessive heat, new time for the businesses looking to sell at the farmers market, and a new process for special requests. 

The third one is very important. Our organization is at capacity for taking special requests for access via phone/email, so we have partnered with the Howard County call center to help make this a more streamlined process. The more streamlined that we can make it, the more we can get done in a shorter period of time. We ask that you please direct all future access requests to their number at 410-313-2900.

UPDATED TIME DUE TO HEAT: Access to Main Street

Due to an anticipated heat advisory this weekend, access hours to Ellicott City’s Main Street have been modified.

Access to Ellicott City’s Main Street for those displaced by the recent storm will originate at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive on both Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Merchants, residents, building owners and their guests (friends, family members and employees, etc.) will be transported to Main Street locations by bus. All must be credentialed to gain access to the cleanup site.

Credentialing will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the George Howard Building. People may also be credentialed in the Disaster Assistance Center during normal operating hours (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.).

UPDATED TIME: Farmers Market/Sellers Market

Ellicott City merchants are invited to sell their products at Saturdays farmers market from 9:00-1:00 pm ONLY at "MT.IDA", which is next to the courthouse. If you are interested in setting up to sell your wares or do a fundraiser, please contact rjcaulder@aol.com, for more information. 

New Special Request Process

In order to help better manage the increased volume of requests we are receiving for special access to main street we ask that you contact the main call center at 410-313-2900 during the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm with your request. The call center will collect information regarding your request over the phone and enter it in to be reviewed. Approvals for requests will be issued via phone call.

Please be patient as we do anticipate a higher call volume initially. If you fail to get through on the number at first please try again. 

 


 

Update for Thursday, August 11th. 

Access to Main Street

Access to Main Street will take place this Saturday (8/13) and Sunday (8/14), between 11:00 am - 7:00 pm. The staging area will be at the George Howard building (3430 Court House Dr) for BUSINESS OWNERS, RESIDENTS, and their own guests (friends, family members, employees of those residents and business owners). Credentialing will start at 10am for those that still need it.

Farmers Market/Sellers Market

The new location will be at "MT.IDA" which is next to the courthouse. Ellicott City merchants and fundraisers will be setting up in addition to current farmers market vendors. The market will extend til 4pm. for those who want to stay. If you are interested in setting up to sell your wares or do a fundraiser, please contact me rjcaulder@aol.com, as we have room for more. 

Funding Options

As you may have seen by now Ellicott City was approved for disaster funding from the SBA. This is an additional tool available for businesses and we are currently working on a guide to help you navigate towards making the best funding option decision. Please keep and eye out for more information to come

 


 

(8/10/2016 - 1:00 PM) - Update for Wednesday, August 10th.

NO ACCESS TO MAIN STREET ELLICOTT CITY
There will be no access to the Main Street area through Friday, Aug. 12 to allow County engineering crews to examine public infrastructure. It is our hope that residents, owners, and businesses will be able to return to the area for more cleanup on Saturday and Sunday. And while we greatly appreciate the outpouring of volunteer support, we do not need any of those services today.

Credentialing Available at DAC
For residents and business/property owners who have not yet received credentials, the Disaster Assistance Center (Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Road) will be open today from 2-7 p.m. for credentialing.

Job Listings/Employment Opportunities
Please pass along to any of your employees impacted: If you are an employee who was impacted by the Ellicott City flooding, follow Howard County Office of Workforce Development on Facebook, email owd@howardcountymd.gov or call 410-290-2620 for the latest job listings.

Tiber River, Hudson Branch, and Sucker Branch Debris Removal and Repair
Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman submitted a request today for financial and technical assistance to remove debris and repair damaged river walls in the Tiber River, Hudson Branch, and Sucker Branch through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. The program is administered by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture‘s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Yesterday, county staff from the Department of Public Works and the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits inspected the waterways in downtown Ellicott City alongside staff from the NRCS.

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(8/9/2016 - 1:00 PM) - Update for Tuesday, August 9th. As of this morning, county crews have been busy on-site with private engineers and contractors assessing buildings.

Also, the HCEDA Business Resource Fair is an event that we started working on a few months ago, which is why it is located at Howard Community College, but thought that it may be valuable for you all to attend. We just want to make sure that you all knew why it was located so far from Ellicott City.


NO ACCESS TO MAIN STREET ELLICOTT CITY
There will be no access to the Main Street area through Friday, Aug. 12 to allow County engineering crews to examine public infrastructure. It is our hope that residents, owners, and businesses will be able to return to the area for more cleanup on Saturday and Sunday. And while we greatly appreciate the outpouring of volunteer support, we do not need any of those services today.

Disaster Assistance Center
The Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) is open again today from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you are in need of assistance, do not hesitate to utilize this resource.
DAC Location: Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

HCEDA's Business Resource Fair
We are bringing together resources from around the state from 10-1 on Wednesday, August 10 at Howard Community College to engage with Howard County businesses, answer questions, and provide assistance. The event will be held in the Kittleman Room in Duncan Hall with only non-profits, local business groups, and government agencies exhibiting. The event is open to businesses of all sizes and free of charge. Free parking is also available in Lot A of Howard Community College. See more information https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hcedas-business-resource-fair-tickets-26563954503

Latest volunteer information (Via Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman)
Thank you to the 250+ volunteers who have already assisted with damage cleanup! We greatly appreciate the support and offers, but today through the end of the week, we do not foresee a need for volunteer services while County engineers work to examine public infrastructure. We will continue to contact those volunteers who signed up when updates become available.

Volunteer services have been moved to the Disaster Assistance Center (9401 Frederick Road) AND to an online registration: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/ECFlood-Volunteer-Opportunity. We do not have hours setup for volunteers to register at this time at the DAC, but we will send an update with that information soon.


(8/8/2016 - 10:30 AM)

Update for Monday, August 8th. Two things to really pay attention to. First, the location for today’s access point is back at St. Peters Church.

The second is that after today, they will be curtailing access until the weekend to bring in the equipment and personal to work nonstop on evaluating and repairing the infrastructure that is down. They need to create more long term solutions to the issues so that we are in a better place moving forward.

ACCESS TO MAIN STREET ELLICOTT CITY ON MONDAY
Residents, business owners and property owners displaced by the flooding on Main Street in Ellicott City will again be allowed to get inside their buildings for extended clean-up access on Monday, August 8, from noon to 7:30 p.m.

Residents and owners may begin the credentialing process at 8 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3695 Rogers Avenue, Ellicott City. Trips to Main Street will begin from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at noon and all participants will be taken by bus to the location. Residents and owners to be credentialed should be prepared to show ID. Credentialing will end at 5 p.m.

After Monday, access to Main Street will be curtailed through Friday to allow for an extended, uninterrupted evaluation of the Main Street public infrastructure. The hope, Kittleman said, is to reopen access to residents, merchants and business owners next weekend. This closure will give county engineers an opportunity to assess progress made since the flood and a chance to conduct more detailed evaluations of the area.

Monday’s clean-up day is intended to allow residents and owners to remove trash and debris from their properties, but is not intended to be a retrieval day. The county will provide dumpsters and trash bags. If dumpsters become filled to capacity, they will be closed for the day, but participants may continue to bag trash for preparation for future removal. In order to allow dumpsters to be taken off-site and emptied, participants should not pile trash in the street, throw debris from windows, or haul debris to the center of the street.

Residents and owners may bring non-credentialed guests, who will be granted one-day access. The number of guests permitted is not limited, but they must stay with a credentialed resident or owner. Insurance adjusters and private contractors are permitted as guests of credentialed residents and owners.

When coming to the site, all participants should:
• Wear solid, closed toe footwear, preferably an over the ankle work boot or hiking boot.
• Wear long pants and consider wearing a long sleeved shirt.
• Bring work gloves and eye protection, if possible.
• Bring a flashlight due to the current power outage.

Safety officers, identified by their red vests, are stationed throughout the Main Street area to assist with any First Aid for medical needs.

For more information, residents may call 410-313-2900 or visit the county’s Flood Recovery web site at www.howardcountymd.gov.

 

County to hold #ECStrong Job Fair for displaced workers from Ellicott City Flood
The Howard County Office of Workforce Development will hold a job fair for employees impacted by the flood in Ellicott City. Workforce Development is partnering with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) and Howard County Economic Development Authority to identify immediate employment opportunities for displaced workers.

During the job fair, Workforce Development staff will offer one-on-one resume assistance. Staff is available to help with unemployment insurance as well. Businesses seeking to hire individuals on a temporary or permanent basis -- contact the Office of Workforce Development at 410 290-2620 or email at owd@howardcountymd.gov.

Who: Businesses in retail, food service and other areas wishing to hire displaced workers
What: #ECStrong Job Fair for workers displaced by the Ellicott City flood
Where: Disaster Assistance Center (DAC), Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, Md.
When: Monday, August 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


An important message from BGE about gas and electric restoration:
Customers requesting electric and/or gas service to be restored should call BGE directly at 800-685-0123.

Properties located in the flooded area and requiring modifications to the electric service entrance cable or any internal wiring will follow the normal process by applying for a Howard County electrical permit and submitting a BGE online New Business Service Request at www.bge.com or by calling 800-685-0123.

For properties that experienced interior flooding but do not require wiring modifications, BGE will energize service after the building owner and their licensed electrician inspect the electrical facilities and determine it is safe for BGE to restore electric service. The owner and electrician are required to sign a Letter of Authorization accepting responsibility for electrical facilities on the property owner / customer side of the electric meter(s).

The process for restoration of gas service on Main Street will follow the gas main repair/installation in the street and individual customer services will be addressed sequentially as the main is installed.

Please note that for customers’ safety, gas appliances will be inspected and must be in good working order to have service restored. If service cannot be restored due to an equipment malfunction, it is the equipment owner’s responsibility to have the equipment inspected and repaired by a certified contractor. Upon repairing equipment, the customer will be required to produce an inspection certification. Listings of state-certified plumbers or appliance contractors are available in the yellow pages and online phone directories.

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(8/7/2016 - 7:30 AM)

Update for Sunday, August 7th. There is a small note at the bottom about the job fair tomorrow that i don't want you to miss.

The info about the clean-up day today is long, but the process, location, and function have changed. It is important to note that this is a clean-up day which means they are not allowing the retrieval of items or merchandise, due to bus transportation. Access will NOT be set to a limited amount of time, giving you an extended period to clean out, although the area will close again at 8:00 pm tonight.

Additionally, a credentialing process has begun to get individuals identification badges for easier access in and out of the area, once we get to that point. Please bring along a business card, pay stub, or other document that will connect you to your building along with photo ID. Please be patient as the badging process may be slow.
Clean-up day for residents, business and property owners

Credentialing: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bus Trips for Clean-Up: Noon - 8 p.m.
Check-in: George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman has announced that residents, business owners and property owners displaced by the flooding on Main Street in Ellicott City are being allowed to get inside their homes for a clean-up day Sunday, Aug. 7, from noon to 8 p.m.

Residents and owners may begin the credentialing process at 8 a.m. at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City. Trips to Main Street will begin from the Howard Building at noon and all participants will be taken by bus to the location. Residents and owners to be credentialed should be prepared to show ID. Credentialing will end at 5 p.m.

The clean-up day is intended to allow residents and owners to remove trash and debris from their properties, but is not intended to be a retrieval day. The county will provide dumpsters and trash bags. If dumpsters become filled to capacity, they will be closed for the day, but participants may continue to bag trash for preparation for removal on Monday. In order to allow dumpsters to be taken off-site and emptied, participants should not pile trash in the street or throw debris from windows.

“Our public works crews did a fantastic job filling in large holes in the sidewalk that would have made it dangerous for people to walk along Main Street,” said Kittleman. “They have been pumping water from the properties today and will continue that process through the morning. Our primary goal has been to make it as safe as possible, both inside and outside homes and businesses.”

Residents and owners may bring non-credentialed guests, who will be granted one-day access. The number of guests permitted is not limited, but they must stay with a credentialed resident or owner.

Insurance adjusters and private contractors are permitted as guests of a credentialed residents and owners.
When coming to the site, all participants should:
• Wear solid, closed toe footwear, preferably an over the ankle work boot or hiking boot.
• Wear long pants and consider wearing a long sleeved shirt.
• Bring work gloves and eye protection, if possible.
• Bring a flashlight due to the current power outage.

For more information, residents may call 410-313-2900 or visit the county’s Flood Recovery web site at www.howardcountymd.gov.

County to hold #ECStrong Job Fair for displaced workers from Ellicott City Flood
The Howard County Office of Workforce Development will hold a job fair for employees impacted by the flood in Ellicott City. Workforce Development is partnering with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) and Howard County Economic Development Authority to identify immediate employment opportunities for displaced workers.

During the job fair, Workforce Development staff will offer one-on-one resume assistance. Staff is available to help with unemployment insurance as well. Businesses seeking to hire individuals on a temporary or permanent basis -- contact the Office of Workforce Development at 410 290-2620 or email at owd@howardcountymd.gov. 

Who: Businesses in retail, food service and other areas wishing to hire displaced workers 
What: #ECStrong Job Fair for workers displaced by the Ellicott City flood 
Where: Disaster Assistance Center (DAC), Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, Md.
When: Monday, August 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

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(8/6/2016 - 6:10 PM)

Attention Property Owners and Business Owners: Howard County has asked for a list of buildings with flooded basements. The County will be providing pumping and water collection services at no charge for affected buildings.

Please email bsheavly@hceda.org or call me at 410-313-0721 with the following information if your building has a flooded basement:

Name:
Phone:
Address:
Business Name (If Applicable):

 

 

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(8/6/2016 - 8:00 AM)

There are a lot of new updates and information in this email. Please take a look through the list.

A update for Saturday, August 6 regarding the Ellicott City historic business district. If there are business owners / property owners not receiving these notifications please pass their information along to me.

Escorted Business / Resident / Building Owner Access
We will continue run escorted visits to Main Street for displaced residents, businesses, and property owner today, Aug. 6, from 11:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

While we are working toward offering more extended visits, safety remains a concern. We had to suspend trips early yesterday evening due to shifting conditions that caused a utility pole to lean.

We have continued to direct our teams that extended "clean-up" visits are a pressing priority, but that nothing takes precedence over life safety. A day-to-day assessment will be made to determine the very soonest residents and business owners can spend more time in their properties. For today, the check-in point will again be at St. Peters Episcopal Church on Rogers Avenue.

Comcast / Verizon
Comcast has advised us that they will work with residents & businesses impacted by the flooding. They will waive early termination fees and will not bill customers during the time that the customer is displaced.

Verizon has also agreed to waive termination fees for residents and businesses displaced by the flooding. Verizon is asking customers to contact Tony Randolph at vz-stategov-md@verizon.com instead of calling their customer service number.

Markings on Buildings
We want our residents, businesses and building owners who are accessing their properties on Main Street to know that you may see an orange “X” spray painted on a window. An “X” does not necessarily mean that the building is unsafe to enter or that the structural integrity has been compromised. This “X” simply indicates that a complete secondary search of the property took place by our emergency personnel.

Security Update
Department of Public Works crews have begun boarding up flood damaged properties. Howard County Police and security guards continue to have presence around the restricted area of Main Street 24/7.

FAQ's
If you’ve been impacted by the Ellicott City flood or need assistance, Howard County Government have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions for your convenience. http://bit.ly/2aX2WMB

Still have questions? Call 410-313-2900 for residents. Business owners and property owners should email bsheavly@hceda.org or call 410-313-0721.

Vehicle Pickup
49 vehicles remain at Centennial High School. Reminder: Sunday, August 7, at 8:00 p.m. is the deadline to retrieve vehicles.

Owners should bring identification to claim their vehicles. If an owner does not have ID due to the nature of the disaster, police will attempt to verify ownership through a series of questions and other methods. Cars also may be released to insurance adjusters with appropriate documentation.

For cars that are not drivable, owners should contact their insurance companies to arrange for removal. Property may be recovered from inside the vehicles, if necessary. Any cars that are unclaimed by Sunday, Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. will be towed to a contracted storage facility at the owner’s expense.

Disaster Assistance Center Weekend Hours
The Disaster Assistance Center will offer now hours this weekend on both Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - https://www.howardcountymd.gov/ECStrong-Recovery-Resources

State of Emergency
The Howard County Council has extended the of state of emergency to September 7, 2016.

 

 

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(8/4/2016 - 1:00 PM) - A update for Thursday, August 4 regarding the Ellicott City business district. 

Escorted Resident / Business Access
Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman has announced that residents/businesses displaced by the flooding in Ellicott City are again being allowed to access their homes/businesses, effectively immediately, until 7:30 tonight, Thursday, August 4. Residents/businesses should meet at Saint Peters Episcopal Church at 3695 Rogers Avenue to register to be escorted to their homes/businesses. Two individuals from each address will be allowed to visit. During the visit, individuals will be driven by trained safety personnel and allowed to document damage and retrieve essential items. Due to the large number of residents/businesses who need to be accommodated, each will be limited access time.


County to hold #ECStrong Job Fair for displaced workers from Ellicott City Flood
The Howard County Office of Workforce Development will hold a job fair for employees impacted by the flood in Ellicott City. Workforce Development is partnering with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) and Howard County Economic Development Authority to identify immediate employment opportunities for displaced workers.

During the job fair, Workforce Development staff will offer one-on-one resume assistance. Staff is available to help with unemployment insurance as well. Businesses seeking to hire individuals on a temporary or permanent basis -- contact the Office of Workforce Development at 410 290-2620 or email at owd@howardcountymd.gov.

Who: Businesses in retail, food service and other areas wishing to hire displaced workers
What: #ECStrong Job Fair for workers displaced by the Ellicott City flood
Where: Disaster Assistance Center (DAC), Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, Md.
When: Monday, August 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Ellicott City Site Security
Howard County Police, supported by a contingent of 40 Maryland State Troopers, are providing 24/7 security to the no access zone in Ellicott City. Since the start of this event, there has been just one report of theft. An arrest has been made and that individual is being criminally prosecuted.


Disaster Assistance Center
The Disaster Assistance Center will be a single location where residents, business owners, and property owners impacted by Saturday’s severe flooding on Main Street in Ellicott City can get information about agencies and organizations that can offer assistance with recovery.

Location: 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City
August 2-5, 2016
· Thursday and Friday 10am-3pm
August 8-12, 2016
· Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 2-7pm
· Thursday and Friday 10am-3pm

Representatives from Howard County Government, State government and non-profit organizations will be on hand to answer questions and to assist affected individuals with accessing needed services.

 

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(8/3/2016 - 1:00 PM) - A update for Wednesday, August 3 regarding the Ellicott City business district.

Unemployment Assistance for Employees
We have asked that you direct any employees with questions about unemployment assistance to go to the Disaster Assistance Center for more information. The information for the center including hours is below. 


Escorted Resident Access
Today Howard County Government is allowing residents to residents an opportunity to access their homes between 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3 for 10 min each.

Residents should meet at Saint Peters Episcopal Church at 3695 Rogers Avenue to register to be escorted to their homes.

If you a building owner please relay this information to your tenants.

Full information here: https://www.facebook.com/HoCoGovExec/posts/1146055755455204

 

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(8/2/2016 - 8:00 AM) The HCEDA will be onsite all week at the Disaster Assistance Center providing assistance to businesses in Ellicott City. We will also again offer escorted viewing to businesses located in Ellicott City. Please see more information below regarding both. 

Howard County has announced the opening of a Disaster Assistance Center, a single location where residents, business owners, and property owners impacted by Saturday’s severe flooding on Main Street in Ellicott City can get information about agencies and organizations that can offer assistance with recovery.

Location: 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City
August 2-5, 2016
· Tuesday and Wednesday 2pm-7pm
· Thursday and Friday 10am-3pm
August 8-12, 2016
· Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 2-7pm
· Thursday and Friday 10am-3pm

Representatives from Howard County Government, State government and non-profit organizations will be on hand to answer questions and to assist affected individuals with accessing needed services.

We are again offering an opportunity for business owners to be escorted today to see the extent of the exterior damage to their businesses. Due to the unstable nature of the structures, business owners will be able to view, but not access, the inside of the buildings.

If you would like to take part in these escorted viewings, please bring a legal ID and proof of business ownership and/or management.

Each business may send two representatives who will be driven from the check-in point to the business location by authorized personnel. There may be some wait time while all business owners are cycled through. You may want to bring water and/or snacks in the event you are asked to wait for a period of time.

These escorted area checks are for business owners only, not the public or the media.
Check-in will take place at St. Peter’s Church at 3695 Rogers Avenue from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., today, August 2.

 

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(8/1/2016 - 7:30 AM) In the evening of July 30, 2016 Howard County experience substantial rainfall resulting in the flooding of downtown Ellicott City. This flooding did a large amount of damage to both businesses and infrastructure in the district.

We are currently coordinating with many local and state resources to provide assistance for the businesses affected by the flooding. This information will be available at the County Executives Recovery and Information Session August 1, beginning at 4:30 pm at the Ellicott City 50+ Center. We will also publish the information to our website and social media feeds as it becomes available.

We know that many questions still remain for the owners of businesses along Main Street, but due to damage from the flooding Ellicott City remains closed to both residents and business owners. Once the county determines a process for people to return we will notify everyone accordingly. In the meantime, late in the afternoon on July 31, Howard County sent a multimedia specialist to record video along Main Street to allow people to see the current condition. This video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peazYsd12fc&feature=youtu.be

If you are a business in need of assistance please use our Contact Us form on our website to reach us and please leave us as much information as possible. This will allow us to collect your information and relay it to our staff currently working in the field. If you are a resident, Howard County has opened its Resident Information Line for those impacted by flooding in Ellicott City. If you need assistance, you can reach them at 410-313-2900.

Much of our staff will be in and out of the office for much of the week, so we please ask that you visit our Facebook and Twitter feed or Howard County Governments Facebook and Twitter feed to receive the most up to date information regarding Ellicott City.

Our hearts break for the many residents and business owners in the district. Over the years we have provided a great deal of assistance to them and have created many personal relationships with the owners. We know that they are a resilient group of people and we promise to do as much as we can to help them and the town get back on its feet.

 

 

  

Daily Update for Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – There are a few things that I have been asked to emphasize regarding the 5 day access period to main street this week
The county wants to stress that this is the window for you to complete cleaning out, collect your inventory, restore essential utilities on your building, dry your building out, and secure it for the three week period. The hours available to access your property following this time period will become severely limited, so they want you to do as much as you can during this 5 day time.
If you have inventory in an area that needs repairing, please pack it up and remove it as soon as possible. It has been relayed to us that it will be difficult for your contractors to work in buildings with inventory still stored in it. The removal of this inventory will allow them to work through as many buildings as possible as quick as possible.   
Cars, vans, pickups and small box trucks will be allowed to enter the Main Street area for the retrieval of larger items and belongings. Those planning to bring a vehicle must call 410-313-2900 to have access approved and scheduled.  Vehicles will be scheduled in six-hour blocks of time. Those accessing properties will be allowed to make multiple visits during the five-day period
Additionally, once inside your buildings, it is requested that you turn on the water and let it run for 15 minutes.
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Executive Kittleman announces details for five-day access to Ellicott City’s Main Street
From Thursday, Aug. 18 through Monday, Aug. 22, the County has established a window from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day for those needing to clean out, pack up and move out of their residences and businesses. Building owners can also use this time to bring in contractors to begin working on a recovery plan or for emergency remediation.  However, this access is not intended to be used for rebuilding and no media access will be permitted.
Cars, vans, pickups and small box trucks will be allowed to enter the Main Street area for the retrieval of larger items and belongings.  Those planning to bring a vehicle must call 410-313-2900 to have access approved and scheduled.  Vehicles will be scheduled in six-hour blocks of time. Those accessing properties will be allowed to make multiple visits during the five-day period.  
County law enforcement will be on-site providing traffic control and directing vehicles to the most safe, convenient and accessible parking spots.  Drivers should use caution, limiting their speed to 5 miles per hour or less.  Traffic will be one-way, eastbound only, and vehicles will be allowed to exit onto Old Columbia Pike or at the foot of Main Street.
Credentialing and staging will begin at 7 a.m. at the following locations: 
Thursday, Aug. 18; Friday, August 19 and Monday, August 22:•St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3695 Rogers Avenue, Ellicott City
Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21:•George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City
Property owners, businesses and residents will be allowed to bring an unlimited number of family, friends and contractors to assist.  All must be credentialed and be at least 18 years of age (or 16 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian) to gain access to the site.  Vehicles from the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will provide transportation for those people assisting in the cleanup.
Roll-off dumpsters will be strategically located throughout Main Street for those still disposing of debris.
The community-provided supply truck will be located at each day’s specific check-in/staging location, distributing cleaning supplies.  The hours for this truck will be:
•Thursday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.•Friday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.•Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.•Sunday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.•Monday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
After this five-day window, Main Street will be closed for three weeks to allow county public works crews and other utility workers the time they need to complete critical work with the goal of reopening Main Street to pedestrian traffic, hopefully around Sept. 16. 
Those planning to participate in the cleanup should wear solid, closed-toe footwear (preferably an over-the-ankle work boot or hiking boot), long-sleeved shirts, long pants, goggles, and non-porous and protective gloves.  It is suggested they also use N95 respirator masks for exposure to mold-contamination or other hazards and bring a flashlight.
Throughout the cleanup, participants are encouraged to take frequent 10 minute breaks to rest and rehydrate.
Additionally, once inside their buildings, people are requested to turn on the water and let it run for 15 minutes.
For more information or assistance, please call 410-313-2900 and continue to visit the recovery resource page at www.ECfloodrecovery.org.



Brian SheavlyMarketing DirectorHoward County Economic Development Authoritybsheavly@hceda.org410-313-0721 
From: Sheavly, Brian Sent: Monday, August 15, 2016 6:16 PMTo: Sheavly, BrianSubject: RE: Ellicott City Update - 5 Day Access Window
Please take a look at the message below about access to main street this week, followed by a long window of being closed for critical repairs. We will update you when a more detailed plan is announced tomorrow. 
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August 15, 2016  Executive Kittleman announces five-day window for access to Ellicott City’s Main Street; plans for infrastructure repairs ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman announced today that residents, merchants and building owners will be given extended dawn to dusk access to Ellicott City’s Main Street area starting Thursday, Aug. 18 and continuing through Monday, Aug. 22. After this five-day window, Main Street will be closed for three weeks to allow county public works crews and other utility workers the time they need to complete critical work with the goal of reopening Main Street to pedestrian traffic, hopefully around  Sept. 16.  “During the extended access, those displaced by the July 30 flash flooding will have the chance to clean up, haul out, remediate damage and move out items from their homes and businesses,” said Kittleman. “This time may also be used for property owners to bring in contractors to develop a plan for rebuilding.” The county will have a more detailed plan about the five-day access period by the end of the day Tuesday, Aug. 16. Public works crews have been busy today rebuilding several retaining walls, repairing underground pipes and conduits and continuing work to add crushed rock to repair sunken areas around infrastructure. 
For more information related to Ellicott City recovery, follow Howard County Government on social media or visit www.ECfloodrecovery.org.
###See the County Executive’s video announcement - https://youtu.be/-6NK4yGFRlc

Brian SheavlyMarketing DirectorHoward County Economic Development Authoritybsheavly@hceda.org410-313-0721 
From: Sheavly, Brian Sent: Monday, August 15, 2016 2:01 PMTo: Sheavly, BrianSubject: RE: Ellicott City Update for Monday, Aug. 15
Daily Update: Monday, August 15, 2016.  
No Update on Main Street Access At this time we have not received word regarding open public access time periods for this week. If we get updated information we will pass it along to you. 
We do hope to continue to receive access on a limited basis to complete special requests. If you need special access to main street we ask that you contact the main call center at 410-313-2900 during the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm with your request. The call center will collect information regarding your request over the phone and enter it in to be reviewed.
Public Works Projects / Army Corps of EngineersToday and throughout much of this week Howard County public works employees are working to shore up channel walls along the Tiber River. They are also hard at work repairing the retaining wall on Hamilton Street (which serves as the entrance to Lot D.) Additionally, there is another retaining wall near the B and O Museum that is being repaired. Finally, they are coordinating with BGE to get gas mains repaired on the south side of Main Street between Maryland Avenue and Hamilton Street. They have already filled all the sidewalks on Main Street and put on temporary asphalt caps. 90 percent of the storm drain inlets have been cleaned and repaired. More than 70 properties have had their water and sewer connections checked, including 20 that had to be repaired.
The Army Corps of Engineers are in Ellicott City for 10 days. Among the important work they are doing is helping to clear obstructions from the Tiber Channel that could pose an imminent flooding threat should we get more significant rainfall.



Brian SheavlyMarketing DirectorHoward County Economic Development Authoritybsheavly@hceda.org410-313-0721 
From: Sheavly, Brian Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2016 6:26 PMTo: Sheavly, BrianSubject: Re: Ellicott City Update for Sunday, Aug. 14
Daily Update: Sunday, August 14, 2016.  Emergency Legislation Submitted Waiving Permit FeesHoward County Executive Allan H. Kittleman submitted emergency legislation to waive fees for permits, electrical, plumbing, utilities, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, water and sewer service, and other fees for property and business owners affected by the July 30th flood. He has also asked the Howard County Council to hold an Emergency Legislative Session to consider this bill. The meeting has been scheduled for this week. Thank you to the Howard County Council for their support throughout this historic event. The Bill is retroactive to August 1, the first weekday after the flooding.More info/full list of permits: http://bit.ly/2aUqBewEconomic Development Follow UpDuring the next few days we will be following up directly with businesses and building owners in order to get an update on your current status and record what your needs are moving forward. Please keep an eye out for our phone calls and emails. OSHA Decontamination TipsReturning from Main Street cleanup? Please read these important decontamination tips:https://www.osha.gov/Publicati…/general_decontamination.htmlBrian SheavlyMarketing DirectorHoward County Economic Development Authority6751 Columbia Gateway Dr, Ste 500Columbia, MD 21046bsheavly@hceda.org410-313-0721
________________________________________From: Sheavly, BrianSent: Saturday, August 13, 2016 7:03 PMTo: Sheavly, BrianSubject: Re: Ellicott City Update for Saturday, Aug. 13  Daily Update: Saturday, August 13, 2016. Sorry this one is so late in the day; I have been helping my parents move all day and forgot to send it out before I left the house this morning. Most of this information is about tomorrow, so tomorrows email may be short.  GROUP VOLUNTEER CHECK IN: For residents and business owners who have volunteers meeting them to help out, please bring a list of your volunteers when you check in at the George Howard Building. That way, you don't have to keep coming back to check your volunteers in every time a new shift or volunteer shows up. ADDITIONAL DAMAGE AWARENESS:As businesses and building owners clean up, they may need to keep an eye out for additional damage. Please put safety first. We recommend you consult with a structural engineer before making any significant changes. If you have questions, call the Howard County Call Center at 410-313-2900. HEAT ADVISORY/ WHISTLES:With the heat index expected to be in 110-115 degree range this weekend, the county is recommending that those taking part in the Ellicott City cleanup to take 10 minute breaks once every 30 minutes. Whistles will sound every 30 min in Ellicott City to keep people aware of how much time has passed. The county will have cooling stations and water available throughout the Main Street area. CLOTHING AND FOOTWARE CLEANINGFor those coming to any of the cleanup days: Clean contaminated clothing and footwear after walking in the flood zone and before entering buildings/residences after leaving the area. SUNDAY ACCESS:Access to Ellicott City’s Main Street will run from the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Credentialing will begin at 8 a.m. Those assisting with the cleanup will be transported to Main Street locations by bus. All must be credentialed and be at least 18 years of age (or 16 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian) to gain access to the cleanup site. NO VEHICLE ACCESS SUNDAYYou are not permitted to bring a vehicle in during this weekends access periods. If you need to bring a vehicle into Ellicott City please contact 410-313-2900 to submit a request.