Ellicott City, MD

Ellicott City
Kodak EasyShare Z730 Zoom
2009

Two “once in a thousand years” floods have hit Ellicott City, Maryland since 2016. Business owners along its historic main street, the old National Road, had just rebuilt from the last flood when another one in May set them all the way back again. News reports showed the first story of all of these buildings under water.

When my sons and I visited in 2009, we explored this bridge a little and found markings on its piers showing the levels of many previous floods. This year’s flood was the 15th catastrophic flood recorded since the town’s founding in 1766. Ellicott City, being in a valley near a few rivers, is simply flood prone. Ten inches of rain fell in a few hours the day before last Memorial Day and there was nowhere else for it to go.

I want to drive Maryland’s section of the National Road again one day. I hope there’s something left of Ellicott City when I do.

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single frame: Ellicott City

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6 thoughts on “single frame: Ellicott City

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    When I lived in DC for 5 years, my girlfriend and I used to pop up to Ellicott City every few months…it was a day-tripper place with a lot of galleries and shops. Kind of like Long Grove is to Chicago and Cedarburg is to Milwaukee. A nice weekend diversion!

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  2. TBM3FAN says:

    I remember Ellicott City from 1962-66. I lived in the next town over in Catonsville where my father took up residence after a Carnation Milk Co. transfer. His right hand man, a big ex-WWII Marine lived there. I called him Uncle Bill who has since passed away. On my first visit to his house I saw that the entire living room was in blue. I wondered why and it turned out he was very color blind. How he got into the Marines like that I don’t know. Years later color blindness is part and parcel of the health profession I am in dealing with vision.

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