Elkton Alliance encourages residents to aid Ellicott City
— 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.