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Service member missing after flooding strikes Maryland city

Roaring flash floods struck the Maryland city Sunday that had been wracked by similar devastation two years ago its main street turned into a raging river that reached Service member missing after flooding strikes Maryland city
Jeannette Daniel | 29 May, 2018, 00:56

One person was missing after flash flooding struck Ellicott City, a historic Maryland community which was devastated by floods only two years ago.

As the flood waters receded yesterday, officials in the Maryland community were just beginning the grim task of assessing the destruction.

"Less than two years ago, the citizens of Howard County and Ellicott City went through a horrific ordeal, and sadly, they are facing a similar emergency today", said Hogan in a statement.

County emergency officials advised on Twitter for people to stay off the roads until the storm passes, and Gov. Larry Hogan warned to "use extreme caution, follow all weather advisories& avoid travel if possible".

Brown water rushed through Ellicott City's historic Main Street, toppling buildings and upending cars, as the nearby Patapsco River swelled to a record-breaking level. After all the hard work rebuilding from a destructive July 2016 flood, Sowers says he's feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of tackling yet another revival.

Local media reported up to 8 inches of rain had fallen on Ellicott City in only two hours.

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Howard County Police say Eddison Hermond, 39, of Severn, Md., is unaccounted for; they're asking the public to help find him.

"It's significantly higher than it was before,"Jessica Ur, a server at Ellicott City's Pure Wine Cafe told The Baltimore Sun". On Sunday (Monday NZT), the community received almost 200mm of rain over a six-hour period, but most of it fell during an intense, three-hour period, Muccilli said.

Founded in 1772, Ellicott City's Main Street and downtown have been designated a historic district. "This was a true flash flood". Others said they gathered in the second story of a building to anxiously watch the seething waters.

Portolli's, an Italian restaurant that had been damaged in the 2016 Ellicott City flooding, was damaged again and forced to closed after being open for just six months.

If you're affected by the storm and in need of non-emergency assistance, you can call Howard County Police Department at 410-313-2200.

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