Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Maryland slammed by raging flash floods

Maryland slammed by raging flash floods

The body of an Army National Guardsman who went missing on Sunday amid flash floods in Ellicott City, Maryland, has been found, authorities announced Tuesday.

Authorities in Howard County have issued what they're calling a "precautionary health alert" after a sewage main broke following torrential rains that prompted destructive flash flooding.

About 4 p.m. Sunday, the deluge raced down Main Street, and videos on social media networks showed rapid muddy water crashing through the historic downtown section of Ellicott City. Flood waters from the Tiber Creek washed away almost 25 feet of roadway on Sunday, according to WTOP News.

Flash floods struck the USA state of Maryland as the Patapsco River overran its banks in the same area west of Baltimore that saw deadly flash floods just two years ago.

Hermond joined the Air Force in 1996 and served 10 years as an airman, the Guard's Col. Charles Kohler said.

Kittleman said state and county resources would be made available to those who want to rebuild again.

"The Baltimore area should see some much drier weather over the next couple of days", AccuWeather Meteorologist John Feerick said of the latest flash floods.

Local officials say the damage might be even worst this time around.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said Monday morning that his priorities are finding the missing man and assessing the condition of buildings that house shops, restaurants and families.

In some places, the floodwater reached the first floor of buildings. Kittleman said he is in his 40s and does not live in the historic district, but he did not identify him further.

Some people who live in the area told The Baltimore Sun the flooding seemed worse than what they saw two years ago, when a storm killed two people and destroyed some local businesses.

Flash flooding covers the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., May 27, 2018. "There have been no other reports of missing people", police said. "They say this is a once every 1,000-year flood", Gov. Larry Hogan said. Emergency crews performed at least 30 water rescues.

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