Ellicott City's Main Street reopens after flood, many businesses still closed

- It’s been over two months since a deadly flash flood ravaged Ellicott City killing two people and destroying businesses along Main Street.

The historic town is taking another step forward in the rebuilding process by reopening Main Street to drivers and pedestrians.  Over the past 10 weeks the process has been long and pain staking for people like Brenda Franz, “there was water up here, of course the floor we had to rip up was curling up like potato chips.”

Brenda owns Attic Antiques and Things – one of the quaint shops that dot the historic main street in Ellicott City and one of the shops devastated by the flood that hit the area July 30. Business owners are still at work repairing everything from the floors to the walls.

The county took the task of fixing crumbling sidewalks and streets, and the foundations and facades of buildings that were ripped away by the force of the water.

The signs that were warning people of the ‘dangers beyond’ came down Thursday afternoon, but for many business owners watching crews remove the chain linked fences is only a small step on a very long road.

“They said the streets are going to be open to pedestrians and traffic – that's just what it means. Most businesses aren't ready to be open,” Brenda said.

Ellicott City officials told FOX 5 that only about half of the businesses along Main Street are ready to reopen. Others still have repairs to do and some won’t be able to reopen at all.

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