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Two years ago there was a massive rain storm that resulted in flooding in certain areas. The hardest hit was the historic district of Ellicott City. Many of those affected were locally owned businesses who saw their livelihoods wash away with the flood.

Many of these businesses managed to rebuild to the point where they could put that horrible flood behind them. But now they are being impacted again. Over the past week there have been frequent rain, which got very heavy at times. Yesterday there was yet another flood that swept away many of those same businesses as the one in 2016. Here is how bad it got.

While one can easily blame climate change for the second devastating flood in two years, there’s another culprit as well: overdevelopment.

There is at least one business owner who have announced that she’s throwing in the towel and I can understand her feelings.

I wouldn’t be surprised if other businesses decide to follow suit. It must be horrifying beyond words to see your own business and life’s work get swept away in one flood, go through great time, effort, and money to reopen the business only to see it get swept away in another flood just two years later. Like I wrote earlier, most of these businesses are locally owned so they don’t have the deep pockets and huge resources that a corporate-owned store chain has. There’s only so much that an individual business can take before the owner decides to just quit.

The saddest part is that the historic area of Ellicott City is one of the loveliest places to walk around, especially in the fall when the leaves start to change colors. To see historic Ellicott City in better days, check out the photos I took of the area in 2014 and 2015.

There’s already a new effort to raise funds to help the affected people there. If you can’t afford to donate money, at least keep Ellicott City in your thoughts along with those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the military on this Memorial Day.