Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Ellicott City reels from 2nd major flood in 2 years

Ellicott City reels from 2nd major flood in 2 years

The Maryland Eastern Shore is under a Flash Flood Watch until 4 a.m. Monday, as storms and rain move through central Maryland to areas east and northeast.

Jeff Halveson, professor of meteorology at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and a contributor to the Capital Weather Gang, said the storm pattern had essentially stalled over Ellicott City, the same phenomenon that caused massive flooding in the City of Frederick two weeks ago.

The Baltimore Sun reported the town had previously been hit by a flash flood in 2016, forcing it to rebuild most of Main Street.

Howard County Government requested locals stay off the roadways and out of Ellicott City, recommending that people find higher ground. Another round of rain is expected Sunday evening, and conditions are rapidly changing, officials said.

The newspaper reports that the swirling waters reached the second flood of one building at its height. "If you are trapped, we are coming", the team tweeted.

- ABC News (@ABC) May 27, 2018As an #EllicottCity production, we wish the people and businesses of the area a safe and speedy recovery after the devastating flood today.

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Footage of Sunday's flash flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland, shows water surging around cars and pickup trucks.

About 8 inches of rain have fallen in Ellicott City so far Sunday afternoon. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. "This was a true flash flood".

According to weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Belles, a line of stagnant thunderstorms dropped more than 6 inches of water in just under two hours between Ellicott City and Baltimore. Two people lost their lives as their cars were swept into the Patapsco River back then.

Howard County public information officer Mark Miller said a torrent of water was rushing through the streets. The state will continue to provide all available resources to assist Howard County with their response to this extremely unsafe and ongoing situation.

People were evacuated from portions of West End Main Street due to a gas leak; residents were urged to go to The Roger Carter Community Center, at 3000 Milltowne Drive, which was opened up to residents in need of shelter.

The department tweeted at about 5:20 p.m. that "water is receding".

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