My heart is heavy tonight for Ellicott City. Not quite two years ago, the historic downtown and west end neighborhood were devastated by extreme flooding, described as a 100-year flood event. Last night, 666 days later, another 100-year flood event tore through the downtown, destroying roads, businesses, and homes. The problem has been with the town throughout it's history but the recent intensification stems from a loss of permeable ground cover to new development, funneling the water down the valley until it reaches a critical mass as a flash flood.
I'm thinking about my friends in the West End and hoping that this pushes Howard County officials to implement sustainable development practices. In the short term, though, I'm pulling for the amazing folks there as they dig themselves out.