For the first time since catastrophic flash flooding on July 31, residents and business owners in Ellicott City were allowed to begin recovering large items they couldn’t carry in previous visits.

Residents spent Thursday carrying the items out of their flood-damaged homes and businesses along Main Street in the historic Maryland town.

Residents and business owners will be able to bring vehicles up to 15-feet in length into the flood zone from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to remove large items through Monday, August 22.

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Authorities are providing no estimate on when people might be allowed to move back in.

Sidewalks, streets, parking areas, and utilities are still not fully restored nearly three weeks after the devastation. The flood killed two people and destroyed millions of dollars of property.

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