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Monday, May 28, 2018

Catastrophic flash flood strikes Ellicott City, Maryland, for second time in 2 years

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Roads turned into raging rivers in Ellicott City, Maryland, on Sunday afternoon when thunderstorms unloaded more than two month’s worth of rain in less than two hours.
Main Street in Ellicott City experienced some of the worst flooding as swift-moving water swept cars down the road. Numerous water rescues were conducted around the town by emergency crews amid the high flood waters.

There have been reports that buildings have collapsed in the city. Flowing water was above the first floor of buildings in some areas.
The significant rainfall prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue a rare flash flood emergency for Ellicott City and surrounding areas.
"At 6:33 p.m. EDT, catastrophic flash flooding was ongoing in the Ellicott City and Catonsville areas, with many areas seeing over five inches of rain," the NWS said.
As of 6:10 p.m. EDT Sunday, 9.71 inches of rain had fallen near Catonsville, Maryland, according to a trained spotter.
Typically, the Baltimore area receives around four inches of rain during the entire month of May.
The incredible rainfall rates caused the Patapsco River near Catonsville, Marlyland, to rise above 17.8 feet in less than two hours, setting an all-time record at that location. 

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency on Sunday evening amid the significant flooding.
While there have not been any fatalities reported, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said during a news conference Monday morning that at least one person was missing. 

This is the second time in two years that Ellicott City, located about 30 minutes west of Baltimore, was hit by a significant flood.
Kittleman remarked that the damage appeared worse than what occurred on July 30, 2016.
“We will be there for them [residents and business owners] as we were in 2016,” he said.
During the 2016 flood, nearly six inches of rain fell in under two hours time, much of which falling in less than an hour. This flooding left two dead, hundreds of vehicles damaged or totaled, and significant damage and erosion around the town.
"There are no words to describe the devastation in Ellicott City," Kittleman said, adding that in addition to the businesses that have been destroyed, a portion of Ellicott Mills Drive was also washed away.
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A portion of Ellicott Mills Drive was washed away by floodwaters on Sunday, May 27. (Photo/Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman)
Drier weather is in the forecast this week, which should aid cleanup efforts.
“The Baltimore area should see some much drier weather over the next couple of days,” AccuWeather Meteorologist John Feerick said.
“A cold front could trigger a shower or thunderstorm on Tuesday afternoon, but we’re not expecting anything to the intensity of Sunday’s rainfall,” Feerick added.

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Feet of water flowing through Ellicott City, Maryland. (Photo/Max Robinson)
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A car that was swept away in flood waters in Ellicott City, Maryland. (Photo/Max Robinson)

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