Catastrophic Flooding Hits Ellicott City, Maryland

May 30, 2018, 04:43
Catastrophic Flooding Hits Ellicott City, Maryland

Mike Muccilli, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Virginia, said Sunday it was too early to make comparisons between the two floods.

A small window of time to survey losses and gather belongings will be given to those in the flood damaged areas, officials say.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said his priorities are finding Hermond and assessing the damage the waters have inflicted on the area. But first responders and rescue officials were still going through the muddied, damaged downtown and conducting safety checks. "The teams are already out there helping others". Residents were urged to avoid the area, and those trapped were told to seek higher ground and await rescue. The flooding reached the second floors of some buildings, and one building in Ellicott City's historic downtown area has fallen.

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The previous massive flood left two people dead in July 2016. Money from a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant had just arrived and was slated for repairs and construction, Kittleman said. "A cold front could trigger a shower or thunderstorm on Tuesday afternoon, but we're not expecting anything to the intensity of Sunday's rainfall". Pls continue to monitor social media for updates. He said Hermond was not on duty Sunday evening and had not had guard training during the weekend. We didn't give in in 2016.

Founded in 1772 as a mill town, Ellicott City has for the past several decades catered to tourists with its historic charm and antique shops.

Officials said 30 rescues were carried out into Monday morning, whereby the half-foot of water had receded and residents could survey the damage to their homes and businesses.

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Ellicott City got the worst of it, but torrential rains led to such bad flooding in Baltimore County, Baltimore City and the capital of Annapolis that Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency statewide in order to better coordinate support and assistance.

Water moves past a auto swept into the riverbank and smashed by a fallen tree is shown just off Main Street in flood-ravaged Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018.

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