Maryland community 'heartbroken' after second flood in two years

30 May, 2018, 04:47 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Max Robinson  DieRobinsonDie  Twitter Rescuers search for people during a flood in Ellicott City Md

Bowman said she fled her shop, Clipper's Canine Café, with her cat through a window because the rainwater flooded the area.

But the bad news just kept coming: On Tuesday morning, county authorities issued what they called a "precautionary health alert" after a sewage main broke about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Ellicott City's historic main street.

"We need to ensure the area is safe", Howard County said in a tweet.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan urged residents of the affected area to seek higher ground. The banks of the river gave way and the muddy water rushed into the city's narrow streets, wiping out whatever stood in its way. Its damage left those who had rebuilt less than two years later weighing whether they should do so again. But he said both were devastating.

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. Almost eight inches of rain fell in eight hours and floodwaters passed 24 feet, reports said.

"In a normal heavy rain. you wouldn't see this amount of flooding, where you see cars floating down the road", the meteorologist said. "This was a true flash flood".

This image made from video provided by DroneBase shows vehicles swept by floodwater near the intersection of Ellicott Mills Drive and Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018.

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Some people reported hearing a blaring alarm during the flooding.

Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner says witnesses saw the man go under the water Sunday evening, and he did not surface.

The flooding has caused buildings to collapse and cars to be washed away.

This tragedy comes less than two years after the horrific summer 2016 floods in Maryland, but based on the damage alone, police are guessing the destruction is worse this time around.

"God this is worse than the last one", one caller said.

Rescue personnel in Ellicott City, Md., were searching Monday for a man missing after rampaging waters roared like a river through the quaint, historic downtown, swallowing cars and flooding stores and homes.

Some are already asking whether enough was done after the last flood to prevent a similar catastrophe.

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