Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Maryland community heartbroken after second flood in 2 years

Maryland community heartbroken after second flood in 2 years

On July 30, 2016, flood waters tore through Ellicott City's historic downtown.

As flash flooding rips through Maryland, knocking down cars and soaking the ground floors of buildings, locals trapped by the deluge have been posting videos and photos of the calamity.

The National Weather Service called the flooding an "extremely unsafe and potentially catastrophic situation" as the rains pounded the city Sunday evening.

As the flooding subsided, Governor Larry Hogan toured the area and promised "every bit of assistance we possibly can". Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state.

"Strong storms bringing heavy rain & potential for flash floods are now moving across central Maryland".

After the floodwaters had receded, the Baltimore Sun reports that emergency officials announced no injuries, fatalities or missing persons as of Sunday night, following safety checks throughout Main Street and surrounding areas.

"We have a deck that goes into the woods, and we knew that was an escape route to Church Road", she said.

He said: "We're just asking people to not come to Ellicott City". Swift water units from as far away as Northern Virginia were coming to help, the department said. Additionally, the Howard County food bank says it will accept donations for Ellicott City Flood Relief on Monday from 10 a.m. 2 p.m.

Other parts of Maryland also saw flooding including the Catonsville area of Baltimore County and parts of Baltimore City.

Multiple area fire and rescue crews, including Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, worked to help people stranded in their homes in the area. But he added that because he covered the same flooding two years ago, "this is emotional".

Raging water toppled buildings, swept away cars and rose as high as nearly two metres in Ellicott City, about 22km west of Baltimore, on Sunday (local time). A spokeswoman in Baltimore County said the fire department has received dozens of calls about cars stuck in high water, as well as flooded basements.

The Baltimore Sun reported the town had previously been hit by a flash flood in 2016, forcing it to rebuild most of Main Street.

The National Weather Service says a Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for Anne Arundel, Howard, and Baltimore, and Carroll Counties, and a Flood Warning is in effect for Prince George's and Calvert Counties. The county's emergency operations center is open and responding to the emergency.

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