Flash flood hits USA state of Maryland

Flash flood hits USA state of Maryland

Flash flood hits USA state of Maryland

Searchers in the Patapsco River found the body of Sgt. Eddison Hermond, the Maryland National Guardsman missing since Ellicott City was struck by a catastrophic flash flood on Sunday, according to the Howard County Police Department.

"I feel like it's our duty to make sure that we rebuild and open back up", said Cortes, whose restaurant is right by the spot where Hermond was swept away by Sunday's raging floodwaters.

As rescuers continue searching for Hermond, there were no reports of deaths or major injuries as of early Monday, Kittleman said.

The Patapsco River's water levels rose nearly 18 feet within a few hours as the result of heavy rains on Sunday, bringing it to a record height of 24.13 feet, CNN reported. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency late in the afternoon for Ellicott City, a town 10 miles west of Baltimore, warning of an "extremely risky and potentially catastrophic situation". Thunderstorms are in the D.C. -area forecast from Wednesday through Saturday, and Kittleman said officials are looking out for potential trouble spots around the area.

"We're certainly making every effort to locate that individual", he said.

"There are a lot of people whose lives are going to be devastated again, and they've been working so hard to come back", Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said.

Video shows water rushing down Main Street in Ellicott City, just outside Baltimore.

Hermond had been at a restaurant Sunday helping to celebrate the owner's birthday. But torrential rains led to such bad flooding in Baltimore County, Baltimore City and the capital of Annapolis that Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday declared a state of emergency statewide in order to better coordinate support and assistance.

"We got a lot done today", Irvin said. Heavy rainfall prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue a rare flash flood emergency. Cars were seen bobbing in the water as people looked on from the upper floors of buildings.

People visiting the businesses on the busy street shared videos and photos that were reminiscent of the deadly flooding that happened in July 2016.

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