How to help homeowners, businesses devastated in Ellicott City flooding

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Dozens of homeowners, property owners, and business owners got a chance to survey the flood damage downtown for the first time on Tuesday, as many others got as close to downtown as possible to get a look at the aftermath.

During Sunday's rain, brown water rushed through Main Street, destroying buildings and upending cars in the second major flood in just under two years.

Government officials set-up an area for owners to get credentials and access to Main Street on Tuesday.

Howard County officials are allowing those interested in helping to register as as volunteer on their website.

Ellicott City Partnership has also set up a website where people can send donations that will help business owners, property owners and residents recover from the flood.  All donations are tax deductible.

According to their website, in 2016, ECP collected and distributed over $1.85 million which was used to assist the Historic District with disaster recovery.

They are currently not accepting accepting clothing, food, or furniture donations.

The Howard County Food Bank is also accepting food, water and cleaning supplies.

The credentialing for those directly impacted by Main Street flood damage is is relocating to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, located at 3695 Rogers Avenue, on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Credentialing will return to the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, for Saturday and Sunday.