Videos show devastating flash flood in Baltimore suburb

Hannah Rogers
May 28, 2018

They said "hundreds of rescuers" are swarming to the area. Another round of rain is expected Sunday evening, and conditions are rapidly changing, officials said.

If you would like to help Ellicott City residents, the Howard County Food Bank will accept donations Monday-Memorial Day-from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. But authorities were just beginning to assess the damage in Ellicott City.

According to the Baltimore Sun, NWS meteorologist Brian LaSorsa reported about 8 inches fell in Ellicott City over a six-hour period.

Ellicott City has been rebuilding since the 2016 flooding damaged and destroyed businesses.

The Roger Carter Community Center, St. Peter's and St. Paul churches were open as shelters for people in need.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted that people should use extreme caution and heed all of the weather advisories.

A Baltimore suburb was placed under a state of emergency on Sunday as flash floods inundated streets with several feet of water. Others said they gathered in the second story of a building to anxiously watch the seething waters. CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues reports that Howard County officials confirm that there is one person missing. Hogan says he has directed the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to assist Ellicott City to recover. "This was a true flash flood".

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Hogan said he is heading to the scene.

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.

"It's significantly higher than it was before", she told the newspaper, comparing the floodwaters to those of 2016. But information was still preliminary.

Water rescues are being reported in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Meanwhile, some roads were also flooded in neighboring Baltimore County.

Baltimore County fire department spokeswoman Elise Armacost told residents, "If you don't have to be outside, you shouldn't be, later adding, "You're much safer indoors". That's in the same area devastated by flash flooding in July 2016.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman signed an emergency declaration for the county. Howard County Fire and EMS urged residents to evacuate downtown or move to higher ground while rescue teams swarmed the area.

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