Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Ellicott City, Maryland floods: Officials assess destruction, search for missing man

Ellicott City, Maryland floods: Officials assess destruction, search for missing man

Water peaked at levels higher than in historic flooding that killed two people and submerged the city in 2016.

News outlets showed local photos and video of the turbulent floodwaters cascading down Main Street in Ellicott City, some 13 miles west of Baltimore.

On Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued multiple flash flood warnings for areas across the state of Maryland.

As the flooding subsided, Governor Larry Hogan toured the area and promised "every bit of assistance we possibly can".

This time, witnesses say, the flash flooding came with a roar of onrushing water after hours of heavy rain had soaked the region around Baltimore.

A Baltimore suburb was placed under a state of emergency on Sunday as flash floods inundated streets with several feet of water.

"We had a very, very heavy cell move over us, and it just unloaded and did not let up", he said.

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Hogan says he has directed the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to assist Ellicott City to recover.

Loretta Moran was returning with her husband to their house on Main Street from their son's wedding the night before when they noticed the Tiber River was running extremely high.

Rescue swimmers from all three shifts are being called in, the department tweeted, with swift water units responding from as far away at Northern Virginia.

The 2016 flood spurred an influx of giving to rebuild in Ellicott City. Two residents died in the flood waters.

The 2016 flood resulted in two deaths after a 35-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man were both swept away by the water. It's the same street devastated by flash flooding in July 2016.

Howard County Fire & EMS is urging people in businesses and homes on Main Street to climb to the second floor of the building and shelter in place.

Other parts of Maryland also saw flooding including the Catonsville area of Baltimore County and parts of Baltimore City. The state will continue to provide all available resources to assist Howard County with their response to this extremely risky and ongoing situation. However, Howard County officials tweeted that there was "no call for volunteers or unsolicited donations" immediately, but urged people to look for updates on that front.

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