Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Videos show devastating flash flood in Baltimore suburb

Flooding on Main Street in Baltimore MD. Twitter  Libby Solomon EXTREMELY DANGEROUS’ Dramatic Video Shows Flash Floods Ravaging Baltimore Metro Area Screenshot Twitter 27 May 2018
Jay Anderson | 28 May, 2018, 15:27

Brown water rushed through Ellicott City's Main Street, toppling buildings and sweeping up cars.

As flash flooding rips through Maryland, knocking down cars and soaking the ground floors of buildings, locals trapped by the deluge have been posting videos and photos of the calamity.

440 PM - **FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY** has been issued for Ellicott City in Howard County, Maryland. Rescue workers from as far away as northern Virginia were called in to help.

Authorities in an area hit by flash flooding west of Baltimore say they have no immediate reports of any fatalities. "Now, they're faced with the same daunting task again", Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said at a press conference.

Over Maryland, a weak weather system crossing this band of moisture, intensified dramatically and a line of thunderstorms formed, crossing directly over Ellicott City. Located in the valley of the Patapsco River, a major waterway flowing to Chesapeake Bay, Ellicott City is known for its flood-prone location as much as its historic downtown.

He said the storm could drop 10 to 12 inches of rain total, before it finally ends between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. He said he thought the flooding could ultimately be worse than what was seen in Ellicott City in 2016.




Heavy flooding has been reported on Main Street-that's the same street where flash flooding turned the street into a deadly river in July 2016.

Some buildings had just finished final renovations from the 2016 flood when they were again gutted by floodwaters.

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.

Sunday's destruction came less than two years after flood waters ripped through the same part of town leaving two people dead and causing millions in damages.

Kittleman said that a huge gap - between 25 and 30 feet - opened between Ellicott Mills and Main Street following the heavy rain. The Community Action Council of Howard County is asking for water, cleaning supplies and flashlights. However, Howard County officials tweeted that there was "no call for volunteers or unsolicited donations" immediately, but urged people to look for updates on that front.

Some Baltimore County roads were also flooded.

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