Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

For second time in 2 years, flash floods ravage Ellicott City, Maryland

For second time in 2 years, flash floods ravage Ellicott City, Maryland

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan earlier declared a state of emergency in the flood-stricken area.

News outlets showed photos and video of sudden, violent floodwaters surging down Main Street in Ellicott City, some 13 miles (20 kilometers) west of Baltimore. "If your area is under a flash flood warning, take precautions and seek higher ground", Hogan tweeted.

Ellicott City was still recovering from a flash flood two years ago that killed two and forced the historic city to rebuild much of its Main Street.

The National Weather Service said a flash flood warning has been issued for the area through Sundya evening, calling it an "extremely unsafe situation" and urging motorists not to attempt to navigate flooded roads.

In addition to the flooding in Ellicott City, flooding was also reported elsewhere in Howard County and in neighboring Baltimore City and county.

Ellicott City has been rebuilding since the 2016 flooding damaged and destroyed businesses. Meteorologists called the rainfall a rare "1-in-1,000-year event" that has been happening with unprecedented frequency in recent years.

Heavy flooding has been reported on Main Street-that's the same street where flash flooding turned the street into a deadly river in July 2016. Water, cleaning supplies and flashlights are among the items needed most.

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The generosity of the entire greater Baltimore region was on display last time Ellicott City found itself underwater, Smith said.

The fast-moving water trapped dozens of cars on the street, with lone standing vehicles being swept away.

The reporter made his way into the town because he was a native, he said. 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.

If you're affected by the storm and in need of non-emergency assistance, you can call Howard County Police Department at 410-313-2200. Rescue crews were responding to reports of buildings collapsing on Sunday evening. "If you are trapped, we are coming", the team tweeted.

County Executive Kittleman urged people not to come to the devastated town while locals now work to clean up damage and make repairs.

Spokeswoman Karen Spicer in Howard County says she has no immediate information of any deaths after flash floods coursed through streets in Ellicott City, Maryland on Sunday.

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