Maryland city cleaning up after second flood in two years

May 30, 2018, 04:47
Maryland city cleaning up after second flood in two years

After a break in military service, he joined the Maryland National Guard in 2009.

One person was missing after flash flooding that tore down historic Main Street, and he has not been seen since the height of the raging, brown waters have left a community heartbroken at seeing severe damage less than two years after another devastating flood.

440 PM - **FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY** has been issued for Ellicott City in Howard County, Maryland.

Numerous city's residents felt déjà vu, and many had just finished rebuilding, following 2016's catastrophic flooding that killed two people and submerged the city.

Hermond is a sergeant with the National Guard and an Air Force veteran.

Bowman said she fled her shop, Clipper's Canine Café, with her cat through a window because the rainwater flooded the area. "And I can't even imagine the loss his family is suffering", said Nicholas Johnson, owner of a store near the spot where Hermond vanished.

"The Baltimore area should see some much drier weather over the next couple of days", AccuWeather Meteorologist John Feerick said of the latest flash floods. The Howard County Fire & EMS agency tweeted that water was above the first floor of some buildings.

"God this is worse than the last one", one caller said.

Some residents of Ellicott City told The Baltimore Sun the flooding appeared to be worse than a storm two years ago that killed two people and destroyed local businesses.

For now, the Main Street area remained blocked off Monday, even to residents and business owners, as teams of authorities and engineers surveyed the heartbreaking mess. The city had been working on a flood mitigation plan, but only 30 percent had been completed by the time this weekend's flood hit.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said authorities weren't aware of any fatalities or missing people.

"No body expected another storm of this magnitude to come through two years later because, as I said, they were only supposed to happen every 1,000 years", the governor said.

"Praying for the courageous veteran who has been reported missing following yesterday's awful flooding in Ellicott City", Hogan tweeted Tuesday.

Between 24 and 30 emergency rescues took place, including stranded individuals and water rescues.

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