Nearly two years after what was called a '1-in-a-1000-year' event ravaged Ellicott City, Maryland, the city experienced yet another major flash flood on Sunday, May 27, 2018. The storms dumped more than two month's worth of rain in less than 2 hours, causing massive damage and leaving one person missing.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared the State of Emergency as major flash floods wreaked havoc across the city and forced Ellicott City residents to rush to safety for the second time in two years.
Many residents were caught by surprise and dozens of cars were trapped as fast-moving waters rushed through the city. Authorities confirmed that numerous water rescues were conducted by emergency crews.
"This is an extremely dangerous and potentially catastrophic situation and you must move to higher ground immediately and stay away from anywhere where water is moving," NWS Baltimore said.
Howard County government said the damage was worse than on July 30, 2016, the last time this city saw catastrophic flash flooding. There are no confirmed fatalities at the time but one person is reportedly missing.
Howard County Fire and EMS said there were reports of building collapses and a gas leak broke out, causing an evacuation of the west end of Main Street.
As of 18:10 EDT Sunday, 246.6 mm (9.71 inches) of rain had fallen near Catonsville, Maryland. Typically, the Baltimore area receives around 101 mm (4 inches) of rain during the entire month of May.
The incredible rainfall rates caused the Patapsco River near Catonsville, Maryland, to rise above 5.4 m (17.8 feet) in less than two hours, setting an all-time record at that location, AccuWeather reports.
FOX 5's Mike Thomas says the flooding was further affected by the continued rain and wet weather that has been affecting the region for the past 10 days.
Drier weather is expected for the rest of the week, except on Tuesday afternoon when a cold front could trigger a shower or thunderstorm.
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