Town endures massive flood for second time in two years

Flash floods struck a Maryland community wracked by similar flooding in 2016. The ’16 flood was labeled a ‘once in a thousand years’ experience. Water rescues were being carried out as raging water rushed down Main Street in Ellicott City, west of Baltimore.

Today a state of emergency is in effect in the historic Maryland city. The water neared the second floor of buildings and swept away cars. The city lies at the bottom of a steep valley and is a popular local attraction on account of its quaint stores and restaurants.

One person is reported missing. Eddison Hermond is former Air Force and is currently in the National Guard. Witnesses say he was swept towards the Patapsco River and emergency crews are looking for him.