Rainfall in Maryland Sunday caused severe flooding in Ellicott City, turning the town’s main street into fast-flowing rapids that submerged buildings’ ground floors.
Eddison Hermond was rescuing people from the floodwaters when he was swept away around 4 p.m. Sunday. He is the only person reported missing so far because of the flooding, Fox News reported.
— Liz McKernan (@LizMcKernan) May 27, 2018
Ellicott City sits at the center of the flood-prone region. It experienced a similar disaster in 2016 that killed two people. Both events led to flooding that flipped and washed away cars, gutted the bottom floors of buildings, stranded people in restaurants and stores and left the town recovering the broken pieces of what was left. (RELATED: Horrific Massive Flash Flood Devastates Historic Maryland Town [VIDEO])
“They say this is a once-every-1,000-years flood, and we’ve had two of them in two years,” Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland said, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Captured from Instagram: the clock that survived the previous flood and became a symbol of rebuilding and strength for EC has fallen once agin. My heart is breaking . #EllicottCity #ECFlood pic.twitter.com/eW8OOnxPkz
— Liz (@Ellie_MayT) May 27, 2018
The city and county were awarded over $1 million earlier in May to build infrastructure to handle the flooding and reduce the risk of catastrophes like Sunday’s.
Bystanders said the flooding Sunday surpassed what hit the town in 2016, and the evidence seems to support the claim. The town received 6.6 inches of rain in roughly three hours that year. About eight inches hit the town Sunday, but most of the rain fell in a period of a couple of hours, CBS News reported.
— Libby Solomon (@libsolomon) May 27, 2018
“[The floodwaters are] significantly higher than [they were] before,” Jessica Ur, who works at the Pure Wine Cafe on Main Street, told The Baltimore Sun. “At this point, I’m definitely really worried about all our neighbors on Main Street.”
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