Photos, Videos Show Ellicott City Flooding

Aaron Brown
May 29, 2018

Local officials of the American city of Ellicott say they are heartbroken after flash floods caused major damage and sent cars floating down main streets less than two years after another devastating flood the killed two people.

Flash floods struck a Maryland community wracked by similar flooding in 2016, authorities said, and water rescues were being carried out as raging brown waters surged through the streets Sunday.

Montetary donations can be made to the non-profit group, Ellicott City Partnership.

Asked what he'd say to downtown business owners who have doubts about reopening after being hammered twice in 22 months, Kittleman said he sees their side of things.

Weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Belles said a line of stagnant thunderstorms dropped more than six inches of water in just under two hours between Ellicott City and Baltimore.

Ellicott City received almost 8 inches of rain over a six-hour period on Sunday, most of which fell during an intense three-hour window, creating a "true flash flood", meteorologist Mike Muccilli told the Associated Press. On Sunday (Monday NZT), the community received almost 200mm of rain over a six-hour period, but most of it fell during an intense, three-hour period, Muccilli said.

Governor Larry Hogan toured the area and promised "every bit of assistance we possibly can". "It takes a lot of money and a lot of time". Initial damage estimates appear to be higher than the 2016 flood, Kittleman said as he thanked the emergency workers and first responders who worked throughout the night.

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The flash floods that began on Sunday flooded buildings and destroyed vehicles.

Some people reported hearing a blaring alarm during the flooding.

Flash flooding covers the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., May 27, 2018.

If you'd like to help the flood victims, you can contact the Howard County Food Bank.

Hogan said he is heading to the scene.

Kittleman said that a huge gap - between 25 and 30 feet - opened between Ellicott Mills and Main Street following the heavy rain.

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