Fast forward four months and the historic downtown is rebuilding from the muddied floors and walls, broken doors and windows, washed off pavements, even big chunks of the road. Despite some of the establishments still unopen, the muddied floors and walls are now clean, the doors and windows replaced, the walkways and roads re-paved. Signs of "EC Strong" are plastered on walls and doors showing the resilience of the locals and the optimism of rising from the rubbles.
I was there to support the local businesses as they re-opened, but you could count a handful that was successful in that. Sipping a tall glass of beer from Judge's Bench, its location a saving grace, my feet will surely take me back to Old Ellicott as it fully recovers from that one fateful day four months ago.