Howard County crews are headed to Main Street to recommend that first-floor tenants/businesses evacuate as water rises in the Patapsco River and its tributaries, according to a county official.
“We have gauges all over the county,” county spokesperson Kathy Sloan-Beard said at about 8:30 p.m. Monday. On lower Main Street, she said, the gauges have issued a “yellow alert.” If the rainfall continues at this rate, she said, “By about 3 a.m. water should rise and reach the doorsills of those buildings.”
The canvassing will be only from 8004 – 8018 Main Street, Sloan-Beard said, on the north side of Main Street.
“It could turn into a mandatory evacuation if the flooding gets worse,” Sloan-Beard said. “Right now, we’re just waiting to see.”
She said officials will be encouraging those residents and business owners to seek shelter somewhere else and, if necessary, give them information about the two available shelters in Howard County: The Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia and the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, which opened at 8 p.m. Monday.
Sloan-Beard said that the county is also assuming that the lower end of Main Street will have to be closed to vehicular traffic sometime tonight or early tomorrow morning.