Flash flooding in historic Maryland town leaves one person missing

Flash flooding in Ellicott City Md

Local officials of the American city of Ellicott say they are heartbroken after flash floods caused major damage and sent cars floating down main streets less than two years after another devastating flood the killed two people.

Rescuers are searching for Eddison Alexander Hermond, 39, of Severn, who reported missing to Howard County police about 12:30 a.m. Monday.

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.

Kittleman said it was the worst devastation in Howard County in 50 years, but the town rallied around the slogan "Ellicott City Strong" and got to work putting their community back together.

Flash floods struck Ellicott City, Maryland, on Sunday.

Flash floods and dramatic water rescues unfolded in Maryland on Sunday as parts of the state have become overwhelmed with heavy rains.

About 20 centimetres of rain fell in six hours, the majority of it falling in three hours.

Gov. Larry Hogan toured the area Sunday with Kittleman. That may not sound like a lot, but any additional rainfall will exacerbate the flooding from the rain that has already fallen, and this will delay river levels from receding below flood stage quickly, CNN's Allison Chinchar said.




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

Simon Cortes, who owns the restaurant, says Hermond is "a super nice guy", who was always out in the community showing support when it worked to rebuild from flooding less than two years ago. This was the second time that Ellicott City, which sits just 13 miles west of Baltimore, was hit by a severe flash flood since 2016.

Flooding is seen in Ellicott City, Maryland, U.S. May 27, 2018, in this still image from video from social media. The city's hub, Main Street, had to be rebuilt.

If you'd like to help the flood victims, you can contact the Howard County Food Bank.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the city late in the afternoon, describing it as a "catastrophic and life-threatening" emergency.

Kittleman said the missing man was in his 40s and was not a resident of the historic district.

Hogan said he is heading to the scene.

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