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 www.howardcountymd.gov/disasterrecoveryvolunteer.
Updated information will be posted on this page as events unfold.