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Portion of Ellicott City's Main Street reopening

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) -- A portion of picturesque Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland, is reopening after flooding last month.

Howard County officials said in a statement that beginning Wednesday a portion of the western end of Main Street that sustained minor or no damage in the July 30 flooding will be reopened. Businesses at the western end of the street and along Tonge Row will be able to to reopen.

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman is asking people who don't have business in the area not to "come just to gawk or sightsee." Kittleman says Main Street remains a major construction site.

Flooding from a July 30 storm killed two people and devastated the historic district in Ellicott City, a town about 14 miles west of Baltimore.

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