Maryland's Ellicott City inundated by flash floods; crews conduct water rescues

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 28, 2018

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said on Twitter that he had declared a state of emergency, and the Howard County Fire Department said it had summoned first responders from as far away as Northern Virginia to assist in rescue efforts.

WBAL-TV 11 Weather meteorologist Tony Pann said radar was estimating as much as 8 inches of rain since the storm started.

Flash flooding covers Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., May 27, 2018.

Area emergency officials were responding to reports of a building collapse.

Videos posted to social media show the city's Main Street - the same street devastated by flash flooding in July 2016 - inundated with severe floods as water rushed through the area.

Howard County Fire & EMS is urging people in businesses and homes on Main Street to climb to the second floor of the building and shelter in place. There were not immediately any reports of injuries or fatalities.

He said: "We're just asking people to not come to Ellicott City".

Donations can be sent electronically through their website or mailed to Ellicott City Parternship, P.O. Box 92, Ellicott City, Maryland.

The National Weather has issued a Flash Flood Warning for several parts of Maryland Sunday and areas like Ellicott City have been pounded by flooding.

Just two weeks ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency gave the county $1 million to fix a culvert and replace a runoff pipe with a larger one.

Mr. Miller said Sunday's rain started around 2:45 p.m. and had not yet subsided as of around 6:30 p.m. Two people were killed. Water, cleaning supplies and flashlights are among the items needed most.

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