Floods swamp Ellicott City, Maryland
A missing-such as floods devastate Maryland city, Rich Edson reports.
Rescue crews are searching for a 39-year-old National Guard member who on Monday was reported missing, a day after he was swept away by fast-moving water in Maryland, Ellicott City, during an attempt to rescue people during the devastating floods, family and officials said.
Eddison Hermond, of the Severn, 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 County Executive Allan Kittleman said. Friends and family on Facebook said Hermond, a National Guard member, is the rescue of people after 4 hours of Sunday when he was swept away by the water, WBFF-TV reported.
Eddison Hermond was reported missing after Sunday’s floods.
Hermond was last seen in the La Palapa area in the vicinity of Many of D on Main Street around 5:20 p.m. Sunday, Howard County Police Department said. Hermond is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 pounds.
Officials said he held a door to a closed restaurant until he and the other links to help a woman whose cat was gone. Witnesses said they saw Hermond go under water, officials said Monday.
“We will continue to search for the missing man. Nothing is off the table,” Howard County Fire Chief John Butler told reporters Monday, adding that rescuers are still not making “assumptions.”
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. At least 300 people in “dangerous zones” were assisted, and at least two dozen were stranded or rescued from the water, Butler said.
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In addition, two buildings caught fire during the storm, a possible consequence of a stroke of lightning, Butler said.
“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.
Rescue workers examine damage on Main Street after a flash flood rushed through the historic town of Ellicott City, Maryland.
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Hogan declared a state of emergency Monday morning
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 were reported in this storm. Officials said Monday a few minor injuries have been reported.
Flash floods swept away cars in Ellicott City, Maryland on Sunday.
“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.
Photos and videos of the scene showed brown water rushing through the streets, taking everything in its path. Some images showed the water reaching just under a “Stop” sign. Others showed lights partially precipitated as the people stood on dry land watching the torrent of water.
About 600 customers were reported to be without power Monday morning, according to Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Cars were left destroyed after the water ran through the streets in Maryland Ellicott City.
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.”
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.”
Rescue workers walk along the Main Street in Ellicott City, Md.
He added, “But there is nothing you can do, I think. Nature has its way.”
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 eight 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.
“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 has been rebuilding since the 2016 flooding. 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.
“Time to build, that’s it,” Michel Tesiguel, a restaurant owner, said. “It is not a question for us. We restore the building last time, so that helped … Our plan is to get it as soon as the county gives us.”
Those who need help – that is not an emergency can call a hotline set up by Ellicott City: 410-313-2900. An emergency shelter has also been set up at the Roger Carter Community Center, according to The Baltimore Sun.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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