Flash Floods Strike Ellicott City, Md

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He was the only person reported missing in Ellicott City - established in 1772 as a mill town surrounded by hills - where many now can't get the roar of rushing floodwaters out of their heads. "I can't imagine what they're going through. I would say it's as bad or worse than the storm two years ago", said Hogan in a press conference Sunday.

The first concern is people.

"(The people with Hermond) saw him go under the water and not surface", police Chief Gary Gardner told reporters.

The owner of the restaurant, Simon Cortes, described Mr Hermond as a "super nice guy" and noted he had supported the community following the last devastating flood in July 2016.

Hermond, from nearby Severn, Maryland, was last seen trying to help a woman who had escaped through a window with a cat when he was swept away by the floodwaters, witnesses told police. Hermond spent more than 10 years on active duty in the Air Force. The river is a major waterway that feeds into the Chesapeake Bay. Gas lines were shut down and a historic building fell, he said. The place next door completely lost it's basement to flooding.

"We are heartbroken to see the devastation", Hogan said in a statement Monday.

Rescue personnel examine damage on Main Street after a flash flood rushed through the historic town of Ellicott City, Maryland.

The Main Street area remains closed to residents and business owners as rescue teams and engineers continue to assess the damage. The Howard County Fire & EMS agency tweeted that water was above the first floor of some buildings. On Sunday, water levels peaked even higher than two years ago.

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In 2016, the Ellicott City was hit by 6-and-a-half inches of water in two to three hours. This comes two years after another flash flood killed two people and devastated the historic downtown.

Officials opened a shelter at a community center in Ellicott City.

When the rain came Sunday, many residents remained in the throes of recovery.

The country was also working on storm-water retention ponds and preparing to install additional piping. To see the damage on Sunday was "heartbreaking and devastating", Mr. Miller said.

"There are things that we are doing. We'll just have to assess it", Nathan Sowers said about rebuilding his pizza shop. It just can't happen. "That's how it works".

Water moves past a auto swept into the riverbank and smashed by a fallen tree, just off Main Street in flood-ravaged Ellicott City, Maryland.

Mike Muccilli, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Virginia, said it was too early to make comparisons between the two floods.

The town was pounded by nearly eight inches of rain Sunday. But as much as 500,000 gallons of sewage has already spilled.

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