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Hogan requests disaster declaration for Ellicott City businesses

Damage along Main Street in Ellicott City as seen Monday. Maryland Insurance Administration Commissioner Al Redmer Jr. says he is not surprised many business owners did not have flood insurance after speaking with many during a town hall meeting Monday afternoon. ‘A number of people explored flood insurance and they made the informed decision not to buy it,’ he says. ‘In their view they felt it was expensive.’ (Juliet Linderman/AP Photo)

Damage along Main Street in Ellicott City as seen last week. (Juliet Linderman/AP Photo)

Small businesses, homeowners and renters in Ellicott City could be eligible for low-interest loans under a disaster request made by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Hogan announced his request for a disaster area declaration from the Small Business Administration Tuesday as part of the recover effort from a July 30 flash flood that destroyed the historic downtown area of the Howard County incorporated town.

“Ellicott City’s residents and businesses need as much help as they can get — from private citizens and all levels of government — as they begin to recover from this disastrous flood,” said Governor Hogan. “If approved, this disaster declaration will go a long way in providing access to the loans our citizens need to repair damages and continue the rebuilding process.”

The request, if approved, would allow residents and business owners to apply for low-interest loans to repair flood-related damages.

Hogan is scheduled to tour the downtown area Wednesday afternoon.