‘Catastrophic’ flash floods hit outside Baltimore; crews conduct water rescues

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Flash floods struck a Maryland city on Sunday that had been wracked by similar devastation two years earlier, prompting emergency rescues as raging waters engulfed cars and rose above the first floor of some buildings, authorities said.

Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency for Ellicott City, where heavy rain is flooding parts the city.

Authorities said they had no immediate reports of fatalities or injuries Sunday. The National Weather Service D.C./Baltimore is calling this an "extremely risky and potentially catastrophic situation". Local officials recently said that 96 percent of the businesses were back in operation and more than 20 new businesses had again opened in the Main Street area. Rescue workers from as far away as northern Virginia were called in to help.

A video filmed outside the city shows cars abandoned on the streets being devoured by water. The waters spilled into doors and windows and twisted traffic lights. We have some severe flooding in Ellicott City. They parked their auto in front of their house and soon noticed some of their tenants trapped on their house's upper floors.

"We had a very, very heavy cell move over us, and it just unloaded and did not let up", he said. Additionally, the Howard County food bank says it will accept donations for Ellicott City Flood Relief on Monday from 10 a.m. 2 p.m.

"It was awful", Moran said of the scramble through the woods.

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"The Red Cross and United Way can only give to humanitarian efforts", she said. She saw workout equipment washing down the street, leading her to believe a gym had collapsed.

"People don't understand", she said, on the verge of tears, "it happens so quickly".

"The governor sends his thoughts and deepest sympathies to those impacted, including residents and businesses in Ellicott City", Chasse said.

The National Weather Service says a Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for Anne Arundel, Howard, and Baltimore, and Carroll Counties, and a Flood Warning is in effect for Prince George's and Calvert Counties.

He said the storm could drop 250mm or so of rain before it wound down.

State emergency officials warn that those in the Ellicott City area remains indoors and stay off the roads until the storm passes, and said to refrain from standing around the area to watch rescues.