After the Floods: Must Ellicott City Be Destroyed in Order to Save It?

In 2018, the second "thousand-year" flood in two years hit Ellicott City, Maryland, wiping out historic buildings along a picturesque main street. In rebuilding, residents face a choice between a quick, radical redesign that minimizes centuries of history and a slower process that preserves the city's character but leaves it more vulnerable to future floods.

CNS on PBS NewsHour

This fall four CNS students worked with the PBS NewsHour to tell the story of Elliott City. They researched, shot, and edited the story. They were fortunate to be able to work with senior NewsHour correspondent John Yang.


Howard County Executive updates Ellicott City flood mitigation efforts

Ellicott City has endured two deadly floods just within two years. Howard County Executive Calvin Ball updated efforts to deal with the town’s flooding problems on Thursday saying they are considering alternatives to a plan that calls for tearing down a number of the buildings on Main Street.

Ellicott City restaurant recovers from Flood

Ellicott City, MD — An Ellicott City restaurant recovers after losing more than $50,000 in wine bottles after the Memorial Day flooding of 2018 in Ellicott City, MD.

Ellicott City: Historic Town, Historic Water – Podcast Episode Eight

Episode Eight: Angelina Brannigan: The paperweight of water (Run time – 28:06) Synopsis: A survivor of the 2018 flood recounts her harrowing experience and how she managed to survive. https://cnsmaryland.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/EC_HT_HW_Episode08_mixdown.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |…

Ellicott City: Historic Town, Historic Water – Podcast Episode Seven

Episode Seven: Belling the cat (Run time: 31:10) Synopsis: We have a conversation with hydrologist Jason Elliott of NOAA about rain conditions preceding a flash flood. We also speak with Howard County’s director of emergency management, Ryan Miller, about emergency…

Ellicott City: Historic Town, Historic Water – Podcast Episode Six

Episode Six:  Kittleman and Weinstein: City just enough for the living (run time – 31:52) Synopsis: We speak with County Executive Allan Kittleman and Councilman Jon Weinstein about a flood mitigation plan and the future of Ellicott City. https://cnsmaryland.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/EC_HT_HW_Episode6.0_mixdown.mp3Podcast: Play…

Ellicott City: Historic Town, Historic Water – Podcast Episode Five

Episode Five: Nicolas Redding of Preservation Maryland (Run time – 30:10) Synopsis: A conversation with Nicholas Redding, executive director of Preservation Maryland. https://cnsmaryland.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/EC_HT_HW_Episode5.0_mixdown.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

Ellicott City: Historic Town, Historic Water – Podcast Episode Four

Episode Four: Bruce Taylor: Doctor / developer / native son (run time – 27:38) Synopsis: A conversation with Dr. Bruce Taylor. He is a property owner/developer whose family built the iconic Caplan’s Department Store building and developed several of the…

Ellicott City: Historic Town, Historic Water – Podcast Episode Three

Episode Three: The Historical Society (Run time – 20:57) Synopsis: Before we move forward into the story of present-day Ellicott City, we thought it would be a good idea to learn more about the history of this Maryland mill town…

Ellicott City: Historic Town, Historic Water – Podcast Episode Two

Episode Two: The flood mitigation plan (Run time – 18:47) Synopsis: The Howard County Council listens to the community’s opinion about a flood mitigation plan that had been announced by County Executive Allan Kittleman and Councilman Jon Weinstein on Aug.…

Ellicott City: Historic Town, Historic Water – Podcast Episode One

Episode One: Water (Run time – 15:26) Synopsis: This podcast series will examine two fatal floods that occurred in Ellicott City, Maryland. One on July 30, 2016, and the other on May 27th of this year, 2018. In this episode…