Maryland community 'heartbroken' after second flood in two years

Flooding on Main Street in Baltimore MD. Twitter  Libby Solomon

As he spoke, Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford put a comforting hand on Kittleman's back. He said he thought the flooding could ultimately be worse than what was seen in Ellicott City in 2016.

Residents and business owners, Kittleman said, "are faced with the same daunting task again".

The National Weather Service says almost 8 inches of rain flooded a Maryland community that was devastated by an earlier flash flood just two years ago.

Mr. Miller said Sunday's rain started around 2:45 p.m. and had not yet subsided as of around 6:30 p.m. But authorities were just beginning to assess the damage in Ellicott City.

WBAL meteorologist Tony Pann reported the town received eight inches of rain in a very short amount of time on Sunday afternoon.

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.

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Ellicott City, Maryland, was hit with a devastating flash flood on Sunday.

Hogan said the order will allow the state to efficiently coordinate support and provide additional help to localities experiencing flooding.

"Get off the roadways so that our emergency vehicles can get there when they need to". Please use extreme caution, follow all weather advisories& avoid travel if possible.

In the 2016 flooding, Joe Blevins, a father of three, was swept away as he climbed with his wife from their flooding vehicle.

A parked auto 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.

In some places, the floodwater reached the first floor of buildings. First responders rushed to the scene to rescue people who had become trapped in buildings along the roadway. "If your area is under a flash flood warning, take precautions and seek higher ground", Hogan tweeted.

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Just two weeks ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency gave the county $1 million to fix a culvert and replace a runoff pipe with a larger one.

Not even two years after a flood ravaged a Howard County city in 2016, it was again besieged by rushing waters, turning its main street into a raging river. Its location in the Patapsco River Valley and its position on a granite bedrock make it susceptible to flooding "with terrific force", Mr. Miller said.

"It looked like we were in the Titanic or 'The Poseidon Adventure, '" the bride's father told The Baltimore Sun. No injuries have been reported.

Information still is preliminary, however, and authorities say they are still checking flooded buildings and streets. Of course, we have rescue folks in Ellicott City now.

Meanwhile, some roads were also flooded in neighboring Baltimore County.

"If you are trapped, we are coming", the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services tweeted at one point. 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.

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A flash flood emergency was issued in Maryland's Howard County at 4:40 p.m.

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