Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Flash flood smashes into Maryland community

Flash flood smashes into Maryland community

The fast rising flood waters came Sunday evening during a heavy Memorial Day weekend rain storm and sent cars floating down Main Street.

The same account later posted a photo of a rescue team helping people escape they're flooding apartments, as the lower level of the city's Main Street was nearly completely submerged. The department also said swift water units from as far away as Northern Virginia were coming to help.

Thankfully, officials say there have been no reported deaths or injuries as a result of the floods.

Howard County spokeswoman Karen Spicer said there are "no fatalities that I'm aware of at this moment" in a statement to the Baltimore Sun.

Water rescues are being reported in Ellicott City, Maryland. Additionally, the Howard County food bank says it will accept donations for Ellicott City Flood Relief on Monday from 10 a.m. 2 p.m.

The storms that unleashed the rains on the city were part of a broad conveyor of moisture that has been feeding rain from Jamaica up into the east coast of the US.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said the damage sustained Sunday is worse than what the city saw in 2016.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency in a community west of Baltimore hit by flash floods. Two people were found dead after that Saturday night deluge, which Kittleman said at the time left the worst damage in at least 50 years and perhaps the worst in the town's history. Those seeking shelter can go to the Roger Carter Community Center at 3000 Milltowne Drive. Residents have been urged to remain indoors and move to the second or third floor of buildings.

Water peaked at levels higher than in historic flooding that killed two people and submerged the city in 2016.

Multiple area fire and rescue crews, including Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, worked to help people stranded in their homes in the area. A local newspaper reporter remarked on Twitter that Sunday's flooding looked "worse than 2016", when a similar flash flood struck the same neighborhood on Saturday, July 30. The state will continue to provide all available resources to assist Howard County with their response to this extremely unsafe and ongoing situation.

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