'Once in 1K Years' Flood Hits Maryland City Again

Glen Norman
May 28, 2018

He said he thought the flooding could ultimately be worse than what was seen in Ellicott City in 2016.

The nonprofit Ellicott City Partnership set up a website, HelpEllicottCity.com, to accept donations for businesses, residents and property owners. They said "hundreds of rescuers" are swarming to the area.

Hogan also toured the area and promised "every bit of assistance we possibly can". Another round of rain is expected Sunday evening, and conditions are rapidly changing, officials said.

Meteorologist Mike Muccilli said the worst of the rain appeared to be over by about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. "I do encourage everybody to stay away from Ellicott City, if you're not there".

The 2016 flood spurred an influx of giving to rebuild in Ellicott City. Floodwaters surged around cars and pickup trucks.

Ellicott City officials say Roger Carter Community and Howard County Recreation Centers are open for those that need a place to shelter. He said they are facing a similar emergency now. Please use extreme caution, follow all weather advisories& avoid travel if possible.

Hogan signed the order while receiving a briefing in Ellicott City from state and local emergency management personnel.

In one video posted to Instagram, three cars are swept down the street.

A parked vehicle is flooded in a lot near Main Street and Ellicott Mills Road as a heavy storm caused flash floods in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018.

"Since the water hit the front door, we took all the customers to the second floor and then the water came through behind us and kind of cut us off", Hemmis said.

Area emergency officials were responding to reports of a building collapse. Larry Hogan, who declared a state of emergency for the flooded community, visited the area as the sun began to go down.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency at 4.40pm (9:40pm BST).

Loretta Moran was returning with her husband to their house on Main Street from their son's wedding the night before when they noticed the Tiber River was running extremely high. No injuries were immediately reported. A county spokeswoman there said the fire department has received dozens of calls about cars stuck in high water and flooded basements.

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services tweeted that multiple rescues were carried out, and rescue swimmers were called in to help. The heavy rain led to evacuations and at least 20 rescues across the region, including several people rescued from a West Baltimore bus, the Baltimore Sun reports.

In 2016, the small town's main street turned into a raging river, carrying away cars and other debris and forcing dramatic rescues of people trapped in the flood.

"We have some severe flooding in Ellicott City", Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman told WBAL.

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