Service member missing after flooding strikes Maryland city

Max Robinson  DieRobinsonDie  TwitterThe streets are flooded in Ellicott City Md

Max Robinson DieRobinsonDie TwitterThe streets are flooded in Ellicott City Md

The flooding yesterday swept away parked cars in Ellicott City, set along the west bank of Maryland's Patapsco River 20km west of Baltimore.

The 39-year-old assigned to Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown was at a Mexican restaurant in Ellicott City's historic downtown area when the flooding began, said Sarah Lopez, whose husband met Hermond 20 years ago in the US Air Force.

Buildings were destroyed and dozens of cars were swept away when the floor waters raged through Ellicott City on Memorial Day Weekend, leaving behind destruction and complete devastation.

A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service on Sunday evening for Anne Arundel and Howard counties in central Maryland, which means "that flooding is imminent or occurring". This comes two years after another flash flood killed two people and devastated the historic downtown.

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. The place next door completely lost it's basement to flooding.

They face another mammoth cleanup and another daunting comeback.

With floodwaters receded on Monday, revealing the damage in Ellicott City, residents and business owners could see the scope of the next challenge ahead of them. The area remains blocked off, even to residents and business owners. Money from a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant had just arrived and was slated for repairs and construction, Kittleman said.

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

"Praying for the fearless veteran who has been reported missing following yesterday's bad flooding in Ellicott City", Hogan tweeted Tuesday.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman stated the search and rescue operation for Mr Hermond remained a priority, along with assessing the damage sustained to buildings and individuals in the town. "I couldn't imagine what they went through two years ago, and now it's even worse".

"They say this is a once every 1,000-year flood and we've had two of them in two years", Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said.

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