Flash flooding in historic Maryland town leaves one person missing

Video posted to social media shows severe flooding in Ellicott City Maryland

Howard County Police officials said rescuers pulled the body of Army National Guardsman, Sgt. Eddison Hermond, from the Patapsco River Tuesday. Hermond left to help a woman rescue her cat from a pet store.

Mr. Hermond had been helping other people in the restaurant hold the front door closed against a torrent generated by a sudden, massive downpour Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

This initial progress was clouded by the discovery of a Severn, Maryland, man who had gone missing Sunday while trying to help a woman stranded amid rising waters.

Marked by quaint shops in the bottom floors of brick, stone slab and siding-clad buildings, the historic downtown is a major draw in this community of 66,000 people located about 12 miles west of Baltimore. Local officials recently said that 96 percent of the businesses were back in operation and more than 20 new businesses had again opened in the Main Street area.

One person was missing following the Ellicott City flooding, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said Monday morning.

Water moves past a vehicle 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.

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


Videos showing muddy water running through the Ellicott City, which has been the hardest hit by the raging waters, have inundated Twitter.

Kittleman said state and county resources would be made available to those who want to rebuild again. On Sunday, the community received almost 8 inches of rain over a six-hour period, but most of it fell during an intense, three-hour period, Muccilli said.

Ellicott City certainly got the worst of it.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency for the area, which he visited and to which he promised "every bit of assistance we possibly can".

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for the city at 4.40pm.

The flooding has caused buildings to collapse and cars to be washed away.

It's particularly trying for folks because Sunday's torrential rains came just as it seemed the town had come back stronger than ever from a awful July 2016 flash flood that killed two.

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