Two years later we find our neighbors and their communities facing challenging circumstances because of the flooding caused during the May 27th storm.
As time has passed I have had the opportunity to get out in the community and have realized the damage was far more extensive to our community than I could have imagined.
Some of our neighbors will be displaced because of sewage which backed up into their homes; other neighbors are at a cross road attempting to determine what to do with their businesses. I ask that we continue to help one another out. I witnessed that spirit of community throughout Catonsville, in Oella and Academy Heights, among other communities, with neighbors looking out for neighbors, and it is that spirit which I believe will get us through this again.
I had an opportunity to speak with officials with the Maryland Department of Human Services and they were able to share the information below, which I ask that you share as well with those who may be in need.
Current referrals for disaster assistance related to the flood event on May 27th
The Baltimore County Assistance Hotline is: 410-887-2222
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will have temporary housing and low interest loans available for loss that is not covered by insurance. You can access this assistance by calling: 1-800-756-0119 or by emailing email@example.com
The Maryland Insurance Administration can assist with insurance information, and potentially advocacy.
You can access this service by calling: 1-800-492-6116 TTY 1-800-735-2258
Mental Health By Phone
SAMHA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.
They have a disaster mental health line available at: 1-800-662-HELP (4357), https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
You can request assistance from voluntary agencies by calling or emailing: 443-285-2908; bcmd.dr.@gmail.com
They may be able to assist with assessments of damage, debris removal, muck out, and dry-wall removal. This number will change in the near future.
The American Red Cross is providing casework assistance. You can access this service by calling 410-624-2040.