Emergency Crews Searching For Man After Ellicott City Flood

Flash flooding reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks area

Flash flooding reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks area

Governor Larry Hogan announced the state of emergency on Monday as residents in Howard County and Ellicott City battled heavy water after a downpour of rain in the Baltimore area.

Scenes of devastating damage - and feelings of aching familiarity - overwhelmed residents of a small Maryland town Sunday as flash floods ripped through the area, topping similar havoc wreaked on Ellicott City in 2016.

Amid the flood, Gov. Hogan signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency.

"The Baltimore area should see some much drier weather over the next couple of days", AccuWeather Meteorologist John Feerick said of the latest flash floods. Emergency crews performed at least 30 water rescues.

Over Maryland, a weak weather system crossing this band of moisture, intensified dramatically and a line of thunderstorms formed, crossing directly over Ellicott City.

Floodwaters rushes through part of Ellicott City, Md. Some people had to evacuate to the roofs of buildings until first responders could come to their aid.

As the water swept through the city, numerous videos posted online showed the flood rising to engulf the ground floors of buildings and streaming into open windows. No fatalities or missing people were reported.

Two years ago, 6.5 inches of rain fell on the town in just three hours. The city received 8 inches of rain in a six-hour period.

The flow of water caused rose as high as the first story of some buildings.

Howard County Fire and EMS compared the situation to a flash flood in 2016 that left two people dead and forced Ellicott City to rebuild.

"If you are trapped, we are coming", the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services tweeted at one point.

Hogan said temporary improvements were in place and more things were in the works to reduce the community's vulnerabilities.

An army veteran who tried to save people in the horrific Maryland flood on May 27 has gone missing, and local police have put out desperate pleas for help in finding him.

. But he said big changes take time, and no one expected such a huge flood so soon after 2016.

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