It remains to be seen whether or not civil engineered solutions are enough for Ellicott City.
Given a choice to stay away from low-lying areas or frequently flooding roadways is an option for some; but where an established historic and very popular town is involved, tough questions about location, responsibility and financial liability must be answered. It remains to be seen whether or not civil engineered solutions are enough for Ellicott City.
For one of the most dramatic and poignant video images of the devastating flood that rushed through this poor town, please see this video from Don Young. It's sobering to see it as it happened.