ELLICOTT CITY, MARYLAND, U.S. — The Wilkins-Rogers, Inc. flour mill in Ellicott City largely escaped damage from the devastating floods that struck the town May 27, Thomas A. Rogers, chief executive officer, said June 1.
“Fortunately, our building was spared from the flood,” he said.
While waters rose to about a foot high in front of the company’s building for a few hours, no water penetrated the building. A river behind the mill never crested its banks.
Rogers said the company’s parking lot was covered by several feet of mud, and employees spent much of last week doing cleaning up work.
“Our biggest problem has been that the local road has been shut off to truck traffic while they repair the road,” he said.
The mill and packing lines resumed production May 31 and hoped to be shipping again June 1 or 5.
“Fortunately, the week after Memorial Day is very slow for us, and our customers have been patient,” he said.The flash floods came from streams on the west side of town, causing a fatality and severe damage along a two-mile stretch of homes and shops. Another severe flood struck Ellicott City in 2016.