WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Thursday praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for awarding $1,044,224 in additional federal funding for Ellicott City to decrease the frequency and severity of area flooding. The funds will be used to upgrade water infrastructure in and around Main Street, improving public safety and providing added insurance against water damage for local businesses.
“This federal investment in Ellicott City will improve some of the area’s most vulnerable roads and neighborhoods, allowing local businesses to feel secure and local residents to feel safe, whatever the weather. That’s a win on all fronts,” said Senator Cardin, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “These funds are a great example of how federal resources can be used to improve public safety and help local economies flourish. I’m grateful to President Obama for having heard our call to issue the federal disaster declaration that allowed these funds to reach Ellicott City.”
After the 2016 flood that devastated Ellicott City homes and businesses, Senator Cardin and the entire Maryland delegation sent a letter to President Obama in support of the state’s request for FEMA funds. The request was granted, resulting in a series of funds being dispersed to assist Howard County’s response and rebuilding.
Since then, Senator Cardin has visited Ellicott City multiple times to hear from local businesses and elected officials concerning what more the federal government can be doing to prevent future flood devastation.
Senator Cardin assessing the damage after the July 2016 flood that struck Ellicott City.