Elk­ton Al­liance en­cour­ages res­i­dents to aid El­li­cott City

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA


— In the af­ter­math of this week­end’s flash floods that dev­as­tated El­li­cott City, the Elk­ton Cham­ber & Al­liance is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to do­nate to­ward re­build­ing the city’s main street.

Like Elk­ton, El­li­cott City is one of the 28 mem­bers of the state’s Main Street Mary­land pro­gram, which pro­vides des­ig­nated com­mu­ni­ties with sup­port for eco­nomic plan­ning, mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tion, train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion.

“It’s a dev­as­tat­ing sit­u­a­tion, I’m sure they would ap­pre­ci­ate any help, if they re­ceive it,” said Mary Jo Jablon­ski, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Elk­ton Cham­ber and Al­liance.

The El­li­cott City Part­ner­ship, which man­ages the city’s Main Street pro­gram, is hop­ing to raise $200,000 to help lo­cal mer­chants and res­i­dents.

As of Mon­day, more than $25,000 has been raised, said Maureen Sweeney Smith, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the part­ner­ship, who started the fund on Satur­day night on be­half of the part­ner­ship.

“I’m so pleased, I can’t tell you how much the com­mu­nity has come to­gether,” Sweeney Smith said of the do­na­tion amount.

Sweeney Smith said the fund will go to­ward help­ing


busi­nesses as well as res­i­dents who live in the apart­ments above the busi­nesses.

“It’s not go­ing to be months, it’s go­ing to be years,” Sweeney Smith said of the re­build­ing process. She noted dam­age such as torn up roads and build­ings that will need to be con­demned.

The floods re­sulted in two deaths and on Sun­day, Gov. Larry Ho­gan signed a dec­la­ra­tion of a state of emer­gency for Howard County.

Those who would like to do­nate to the El­li­cott City ef­fort can visit https://ec­part­ner­ship.org/#do­nate.

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