Scarred by deadly floods, Ellicott City residents have learned to prepare whenever it rains

John Shoemaker’s livelihood hangs in the balance anytime it starts raining in Ellicott City. Shoemaker and his family live at the intersection of Ellicott Mills Drive and Main Street alongside the Hudson Stream, which overflowed during the deadly July 2016 and May 2018 floods. He is also a part-owner of Shoemaker Country, an antique shop on Main Street. There’s no part of Shoemaker’s life that’s left unscathed when rain leads to flooding in Howard County’s historic community. (Balt Sun)

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