Catastrophic flash flood strikes Maryland
Mobile phone footage captures the floods of influence Ellicott City, Maryland.
Destroyed businesses, vehicles, and dirt muddy, brown water was left in the middle of the Maryland Ellicott City Monday morning, an hour after the floods and tore through the streets of the city, leaving a path of destruction as the authorities search for a missing person.
A man, who, as Eddison Hermond, was reported missing around 12:30 pm Monday, hours after the sudden, violent water destroyed businesses, immersed vehicles and left some flipped and in pieces, Howard Co. Exec Allan Kittleman said. On Monday, the storm had calmed down but the residents of the city, about 13 km west of Baltimore, were left trying to sort through the damage.
“They say that this is a once in 1000-year flood and we still have two of them in two years,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said.
The last time the city almost 66,000 experienced such catastrophic floods in 2016, when two people were killed and the city was left with millions of dollars in damage. Kittleman said night of Sunday and Monday’s flooding was “worse than” the July 2016 storm.
No deaths or injuries were reported in this storm.
“I can tell you my heart is broken to think about what people go through here, and the people’s lives that were destroyed two years ago and they rebuilt, and now they are faced with the daunting task again,” Kittleman said.
Water is a back-up, and more rain to come. pic.twitter.com/RCMjcIkPFn
— Libby Solomon (@libsolomon) 27 May 2018
Photos and videos of the scene showed brown water rushing through the streets, taking everything in its path. A images let the water reach just below a “Stop” sign. Another showed traffic lights partially precipitated as the people stood on dry land watching the torrent of water.
Serious damage to the centre of the business district..similar to 2016 pic.twitter.com/gjMdmsvdES
— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) 27 May 2018
Jessica Ur, a server at Pure Wine Cafe on the main street of the city, told The Baltimore Sun that she saw as the gushing waters swept three or four parked cars in the street.
“It is significantly higher than it was,” she told the newspaper, comparing the water of 2016. “At this point, I am definitely very concerned about all of our neighbors on the Street.”
Flash floods swept away cars in Ellicott City, Maryland on Sunday.
The water reached the first floor of most buildings. In some, it was even higher. Len Berkowitz, owner of Great Panes Art Glass Studio in Ellicott City, said he has not seen his store yet, but knows “it will be terrible.”
He added, “But there is nothing you can do, I think. Nature has its way.”
Cars were left destroyed after the water ran through the streets in Maryland Ellicott City.
A wedding was forced to evacuate the place if the doors could not keep the water out.
“It seemed as if we were in the Titanic or The Poseidon Adventure’, bride’s father, Bill Rigney, told the Baltimore Sun.
Photos of the aftermath showed two vehicles stacked in a triangle form, while others had parts damaged or missing following a collision in other cars.
The community received almost 8 inches of rain over a period of six hours, but more fell during an intense, three-hour period. In July 2016, Ellicott City received 6.6 inches of rain over a two – to three-hour period.
Rescue workers walk along the Main Street in Ellicott City, Md.
“In a normal heavy rain event, you would not see this amount of flooding, where you see cars driving along the road,” National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Muccilli said. “This was a true flash flood.”
Radar estimated rainfall, together with the actual reported rainfall amounts in the Baltimore-Ellicott City. pic.twitter.com/eCfIv68thK
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) May 28, 2018
Ellicott City since its reconstruction in 2016, floods damaged and destroyed businesses. Local officials recently said that 96 percent of the businesses were back in operation, and more than 20 new businesses had opened again in the centre.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam