Maryland officials gather resources for flooding victims

WASHINGTON (AP) – County and state officials in Maryland are gathering recovery resources for people affected by flooding over the weekend in Ellicott City.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford plan to attend the recovery and information session for residents and businesses Monday afternoon with representatives of county and state agencies and nonprofits offering resources.

Two people were killed when the town about 14 miles west of Baltimore took on 6.5 inches of water within hours Saturday night.

Kittleman said in a statement that more than 200 properties were inspected Sunday and four to five of them are considered destroyed and another 20 to 30 suffered substantial damage. He says many structures, sidewalks and roadways are still unstable and it’s not clear when people will be allowed to return. Utilities have been shut down in the area while repairs are made.

In the meantime, county and state police have secured the area.