During an evening news conference, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said authorities are not aware of any fatalities or missing people. Kittleman said Hermond had last been seen in the area near the La Palapa restaurant around 5:20 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to the flooding in Ellicott City, flooding was also reported elsewhere in Howard County and in neighboring Baltimore City and county.
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. Photos and videos taken by eyewitnesses show floodwaters several feet deep surging down Main Street in the city's historic district. One sight during the flood: a handmade, white flag hung from an upper story of a Main Street building bearing the letters SOS.
Hundreds of emergency workers scrambled to stabilize power lines, shut down roads and highways and evacuate people trapped in their homes, cars and commercial buildings.
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The report says the existing infrastructure in Ellicott City can not contain 100-year rains. Many businesses had just finished rebuilding, Kittleman said.
There were two deaths in the 2016 flood. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who declared a statewide state of emergency, walked through the streets shortly after the waters receded to assess the damage. This is the second major flood in just two years.
"If you look at the devastation and the damage, I would certainly say it's worse than 2016", Mr Kittleman said.Aside from the Patapsco River, there are four other smaller waterways running through and around Ellicott City. That may not sound like a lot, but any additional rainfall will exacerbate the flooding from the rain that has already fallen, and this will delay river levels from receding below flood stage quickly, CNN's Allison Chinchar said. Some spots may have received 10 inches of rain in a three-hour span.