ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — After the second flash flood in less than two years ripped apart an historic Maryland mill town, hundreds of residents and business owners are again asking themselves: “Should I stay or should I go?”
Some business owners in centuries-old Ellicott City say they’re determined to rebuild from Sunday’s flood that raged through downtown streets of quaint shops and historic buildings. Their hope: to pull together as a community again after the second terrible flood.
Floodwaters have since receded, revealing mud, crumpled cars and splintered building facades in Ellicott City’s quaint historic district.
One man is still missing after being swept away by the waters. And locals are facing yet another massive cleanup and potentially daunting economic losses like those suffered in the 2016 flooding disaster that claimed two lives.