This Month In County History

When Agnes struck Ellicott City

June 17, 2005

Next Wednesday marks the grim anniversary of one of Howard County's - and Maryland's - great natural disasters: Tropical Storm Agnes, which on June 22, 1972 swept across the Eastern seaboard. Ellicott City was particularly hard hit.

"Ten miles of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad track were washed away near Ellicott City, exposing some of the railroad's original stone stringers and marooning a 150-car freight train," according to a 1997 article in The Sun.

"The city's Main Street was under 12 feet of water as residents, stunned by what had happened, gathered at the water's edge."

The storm - ranked by the National Weather Service as one of the Baltimore-Washington region's 12 great weather events of the 20th century - dumped a one-day total of 13.85 inches of rain on Woodstock alone. Flooding on the Patapsco River broke all records.Area damage came to $110 million.

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