Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Devastating flash flood rips through historic Maryland town

Devastating flash flood rips through historic Maryland town

The body of a National Guardsman was found in a Maryland river on Tuesday, two days after he went missing while attempting to rescue a woman and her cat during devastating flash floods that swept through Ellicott City. A woman wanted to leave the restaurant to find her cat, and Lopez said Hermond lost his balance as he attempted to help the woman out.

The historic area was hit with similar heavy flooding in the summer of 2016.

Brown water rushed through Ellicott City's historic Main Street, toppling buildings and upending cars, as the nearby Patapsco River swelled to a record-breaking level.

With floodwaters receded on Monday, revealing the damage in Ellicott City, residents and business owners could see the scope of the next challenge ahead of them.

Most debris has been moved from Main Street, Howard County Public Works Director Jim Irvin said at a news conference Tuesday updating the public on their efforts. The previous massive flood left two people dead in July 2016.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency for the area, which he visited and to which he promised "every bit of assistance we possibly can".

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Rescuers had been scouring the area for Hermond in the two days since the flood. Eddison is a member of the National Guard and former member of the Air Force, and was trying to help others escape the floods when he was swept away himself.

Ellicott City is an unincorporated community about 12 miles west of Baltimore.

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

Officials in Ellicott City, Maryland, say they are heartbroken to see the community so severely damaged by flooding again less than two years after a devastating flood killed two people and caused millions in damages. Money from a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant had just arrived and was slated for repairs and construction, Kittleman said.

During the worst of the flooding, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services urged residents to evacuate early - and not drive through the fast-rising waters. Czyrca added that she wasn't surprised that her friend, whom she's known for a decade, was trying to rescue someone during the flash flooding. But he said big changes take time, and no one expected such a huge flood so soon after 2016. Dozens of businesses were destroyed and cars were washed away into the river.

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