ELLICOTT CITY, Md. – Friday, recovery efforts continued in Ellicott City as residents were given a chance to assess the damage to their property following Sunday’s flood.
People began lining up around 4:00pm outside of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church which has served as a hub of resources and for residents to catch a ride down to Main Street.
"We're in line today not to clean, but to have our claim adjusters who came in from Kentucky who've been waiting two days to get down there to take pictures so they can appraise the situation.", explained Joan Eve who was waiting in line to check on her antiques shop.
Inside the church is a full-on resource center with volunteers offering a hot meal, and supplies to anyone in need.
They even have an acupuncturist and a masseuse on hand to help with the stress.
Judi Mahaffey is the Senior Warden at St. Peter’s who said, "We have anything that you need, and if we don't have it, we can try and get it for you."
While there, I caught up with Kitty Morgan who owns a business down on Main Street called Summer of Love.
She described hiding in a storage bin as the water began to rise, before eventually being evacuated out of time.
As the water went from a puddle to rushing waters outside of her shop, Morgan said that she was trying to save merchandise.
"One of my friends who works next door at the café comes in and screams at the top of his lungs 'What are you still doing here!', and I was like, 'I gotta save the merchandise!', which is stupid because I lived through 2016 and I should know better.", said Morgan.
She said that even though business may look untouched, many have been destroyed inside.
In a press conference, Howard County Executive Alan Kittleman said that temporary housing would be made available for up to 14 days for those affected.
So far, 240 people have benefitted from the resources being made available by the county
While Morgan said that she plans to rebuild, she is urging everyone to stay away until lasting improvements are made to prevent yet another disaster situation.
"I just feel like at this point, the best thing to do is to clear out, make way for actual improvements and fixes to be done for the long-term so that everyone can be safe once we return so that everyone can be safe once we return. There's no point in going down there and reopening tomorrow or any time in the near future and making everything pretty just so it can get destroyed and we can lose more lives.", said Morgan who also has this GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/ellicott-city-flood-hippie-shop .
She has already raised $1,550 of her $50K goal and will also be selling t-shirts to aid in the recovery efforts.
Meanwhile, Saint Peter's is in need of donations of items like big bins with lids, hoses, and WD-40. For more information, contact them at 410.465.2273.