Floods Strike Maryland City For Second Time in 2 Years

Flash floods take their toll again on Ellicott City, Maryland

Flash floods take their toll again on Ellicott City, Maryland

Kittleman said that a huge gap - between 25 and 30 feet - opened between Ellicott Mills and Main Street following the heavy rain. He hadn't been seen since about 5:20 p.m. Sunday, when brown water raged down the town's Main Street.

On Sunday, Gov. Hogan came to Ellicott City to assess the damage, along with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and County Executive Kittleman.

Heavy rain and severe flooding makes streets in Ellicott City, Maryland look like a river.

"The power of water", local reporter Devin Bartolotta wrote. Some spots may have received 10 inches of rain in a three-hour span. Main Street in @EllicottCity with devastating flooding.

As rescuers continue searching for Hermond, there were no reports of deaths or major injuries as of early Monday, Kittleman said.

"They say this is a once every 1,000-year flood and we've had two of them in two years", Hogan said.

"We will be there for them as we were in 2016", he said. He said some of the areas repaired after the 2016 devastation withstood Sunday's flood waters.

Howard County Fire and EMS compared the situation to a flash flood in 2016 that left two people dead and forced Ellicott City to rebuild.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for the city at 4:40 p.m. and reported multiple water rescues underway. Initial damage estimates appear to be higher than the 2016 flood, Kittleman said as he thanked the emergency workers and first responders who worked throughout the night. "Right now, we're exclusively focused on making sure everyone is safe and no one is injured or dies as a result of this flooding".

In the wake of the floods, one man remains missing.

"There are a lot of people whose lives are going to be devastated again, and they've been working so hard to come back and we just need to be there for them and to tell them ... all of our resources are there to help them", Kittleman said. Hogan signed an executive order, directing Maryland Department of Emergency Management and other state agencies to provide support.

"If you are trapped, we are coming", the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services tweeted at one point.

Max Robinson, whose family owns a kitchen goods store that had to be rebuilt after the 2016 flood, said he went outside to move his vehicle to higher ground when he encountered a local business owner helping a vision-impaired neighbor get to his apartment.

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