Flash floods rush through Ellicott City, Maryland, trapping residents

Geraldine Edwards
May 29, 2018

There were no reports of fatalities, said Howard County spokeswoman Karen Spicer.

Ellicott City saw risky flood waters tear through the area Sunday afternoon, prompting a flash flood emergency.

"We had a very, very heavy cell move over us, and it just unloaded and did not let up", he said.

At the same time, thousands of residents in Florida evacuated their homes Sunday evening as subtropical storm Alberto raged towards Southern coastal states.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency at 4.40pm (9:40pm BST).

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Water rushes through Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., May 27, 2018.

Founded in 1772, Ellicott City's Main Street and downtown have been designated a historic district.

Intense flooding hit the town's Main Street in at least two waves on Sunday, shoving cars down the street and bursting through storefronts - including at several buildings where people found themselves suddenly trapped in stores and restaurants.

The flash floods that began on Sunday flooded buildings and destroyed vehicles. One man remains missing, as crews work to clear the area.

Some people reported hearing a blaring alarm during the flooding.

Florida, Alabama, Mississippi under state of emergencies as Alberto approaches
Instead Alberto could be a stronger tropical storm near the time of landfall with sustained winds up to 60 miles per hour . The 40 mph winds extend outward up to 140 miles to the east of the center of the storm, the Hurricane Center said.

But Sowers also says he saw other hard-hit locals laughing and joking about their troubles Monday morning - a good sign that the Maryland town will launch yet another comeback from raging floodwaters.

If you're affected by the storm and in need of non-emergency assistance, you can call Howard County Police Department at 410-313-2200.

"We're certainly making every effort to locate that individual", he said. A local newspaper reporter remarked on Twitter that Sunday's flooding looked "worse than 2016", when a similar flash flood struck the same neighborhood on Saturday, July 30.

Many businesses were still rebuilding from that flooding, which caused 2 deaths and damaged "dozens of buildings", CNN explained.

Hogan said he is heading to the scene. But he said big changes take time, and no one expected such a huge flood so soon after 2016.

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Donations can be sent electronically through their website or mailed to Ellicott City Parternship, P.O. Box 92, Ellicott City, Maryland.

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