For the second time three years, Main Street in Ellicott City has been transformed into a raging river due to waves of thunderstorms unloading torrential rain.
The flood came after hours of heavy rain that soaked the D.C. area on Sunday.
The fast-moving water trapped dozens of cars on the street, with lone standing vehicles being swept away.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning around noon for Howard County.
Residents said Sunday's flood seemed even worse than the storm in July 2016 - which was called an extremely rare "one-in-1,000 year event", and cost the city tens of millions of dollars in damages. He said that authorities are not aware of any fatalities or missing people. He could not confirm to the publisher whether the flood was worse than that of 2016.
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Anyone looking for higher ground can go to the Roger Carter Community Center, the county said.
Other places offering assistance to displaced residents are St. Peter's Episcopal Church and St. Paul Catholic Church. Two people were found dead after that Saturday night deluge, which Kittleman said at the time left the worst damage in at least 50 years and perhaps the worst in the town's history.
"It took everything I had to get through the last one", she said. They're saying rescuers will come to help.
Water rescues are being reported in Ellicott City, Maryland. The money was slated to improve a culvert on West End to protect homeowners in the area.
"We will be there for them as we were in 2016", he said.
The fast moving waters also tore away portions of the street and many storefronts, leaving the quaint shopping district in a shambles. Its location in the Patapsco River Valley and its position on a granite bedrock make it susceptible to flooding "with terrific force", Mr. Miller said. "Anxiously waiting for the rain to stop and floods to slow", Kat Foster, who escaped the rising waters, wrote on Twitter, posting a video of the deluge.
Jeff Halverson, professor of meteorology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a contributor to the Capital Weather Gang, said the storm pattern had essentially stalled over Ellicott City, the same phenomenon that caused massive flooding in the city of Frederick two weeks ago.