Ellicott City Flood 2018

May 30, 2018

Once again, Ellicott City has been hit with a horrible flash flood. As we pray for the people affected by this natural disaster, Fred Sipes, the BWC's Disaster Response Coordinator, and the Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach, the BWC's Volunteers in Mission Coordinator, report that both UMC's in the downtown Ellicott City area appear to be okay.

Pastor Wilhelmina Street at Mt. Zion UMC has not yet been able to get to the church yet, as only people living in the area are allowed in. One of her parishioners lives in the parsonage above the church and said that there were a lot of dumpsters and mud everywhere, plus a larger crater in the street on Main Street which is restricting traffic.

Emory UMC's pastor, Ed Moore, said that his church and educational buildings are both fine.

Street said that people wishing to volunteer locally with the cleanup effort should visit the Howard County website at

Updated information will be posted on this page as events unfold.

Frank Robert Jun 1, 2018 11:05pm

At the BWC Annual Conference, yesterday I was talking to Pastor Sam Moore at Emory UMC which is actually in Ellicott City, he says that during the first Flood two years ago, the church helped feed the first responders and workers. After discussing with him, I feel that they could use funding for some Kitchen equipment. He will be meeting with the Church's trustees to officially find out what needs the church may have. I plan on donating some funds to help with purchasing a new commercial hood/vent for their kitchen.

Linda Grubb Jun 8, 2018 8:15pm

What about helping Morgan County, WV? They also greatly suffered from the flooding. The Eastern Panhandle of WV was forced to be part of BWC. However, our money is sent to Washington, Baltimore, and other parts of MD with none returning to us. BWC even asked for our shoes to be distributed on the streets of Baltimore. We have people here in Martinsburg who also need those shoes as our community has been decimated by the drug culture. Instead of sending to UMCOR or special funding to BWC, I send my money to the WV Conference as I am proud to be a West Virginian who still believes in the inerrancy of God's word. He has not changed.