Maryland community 'heartbroken' after second flood in two years

Maryland community 'heartbroken' after second flood in two years

In July 2016, Ellicott City received 6.6 inches (17 centimeters) of rain over a 2- to 3-hour period. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for the city late in the afternoon and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency soon after.

Rescue personnel walk along Main Street in Ellicott City, Md.

Commuters are rescued from a flooded auto on Columbia Pike after a flash flood in Oakland Mills, Maryland, USA, 27 May 2018. Emergency crews performed at least 30 water rescues.

Sunday's destruction came less than two years after flood waters ripped through the same part of town leaving two people dead and causing millions in damages. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said Monday that finding Hermond was a priority.

Kittleman said the damage was significant and appeared to him to be worse than the flooding two years ago.

Asked what he'd say to downtown business owners who have their doubts about reopening after being hammered twice in 22 months, Kittleman said he sees their side of things. We didn't give in in 2016.

"We're certainly making every effort to locate that individual", he said.

Jessica Ur, a server at Pure Wine Cafe on the city's Main Street, told The Baltimore Sun that she watched as gushing waters swept three or four parked cars down the street.

"It's significantly higher than it was before", she told the newspaper, comparing the floodwaters to those of 2016. The state will continue to provide all available resources to assist Howard County with their response to this extremely unsafe and ongoing situation. But he said both were devastating. Almost eight inches of rain fell in eight hours and floodwaters passed 24 feet, reports said. On Sunday, the community received almost 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) of rain over a six-hour period, but most of it fell during an intense, three-hour period, Muccilli said.

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Flooding claimed the old courthouse, Kittleman said, and there are homes on the west end of downtown whose foundations and basements are gone. "This was a true flash flood".

"Right now we're focusing on people's lives".

"Since the water hit the front door, we took all the customers to the second floor and then the water came through behind us and kind of cut us off", Hemmis said.

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

"Flooding in Ellicott City rivaling the flooding incident in 2016", the Howard County fire and rescue department tweeted.

Howard County Government requested locals stay off the roadways and out of Ellicott City, recommending that people find higher ground.

Some are already asking questions about whether enough was done after the last flood to prevent a similar catastrophe.

Governor Hogan said state and local rescue workers, as well as law enforcement, will be working throughout the night to help those in need in Ellicott City.

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