Maryland community heartbroken after second flood in 2 years


Flash floods struck a Maryland community wracked by similar flooding in 2016, authorities said, and water rescues were being carried out as raging brown waters surged through the streets Sunday.

The missing man has been identified as Edison Hermond, approximately 30 years old. But officials were just beginning to assess the damage. But by nightfall first responders and rescue officials were still going through the muddied, damaged downtown, conducting safety checks and ensuring people evacuated.

The partnership raised and distributed more than $1.85 million in relief funds after the fatal flood two years ago, said executive director Maureen Sweeny Smith.

Residents and business owners, Kittleman said, "are faced with the same daunting task again".

"We put so much effort into rebuilding, it's just heartbreaking", said Kittleman.

Gov. Larry Hogan also toured the area and promised "every bit of assistance we possibly can".

The devastation was especially hard to comprehend coming barely two years after the last flood that ravaged the city, he said.

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A Baltimore suburb was placed under a state of emergency on Sunday as flash floods inundated streets with several feet of water. To see the damage on Sunday was "heartbreaking and devastating", Mr. Miller said. Another round of rain is expected Sunday evening, and conditions are rapidly changing, officials said.

At least five roads in Baltimore have been shut down due to flooding, the National Weather Service reports.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency at 4.40pm (9:40pm BST). Miller said no casualties have been reported as a result of Sunday's flood. Residents have been urged to remain indoors and move to the second or third floor of buildings.

Multiple area fire and rescue crews, including Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, worked to help people stranded in their homes in the area. The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the state $1,044,224 for flood-mitigation efforts in Ellicott City.

Anyone looking for higher ground can go to the Roger Carter Community Center, the county said.

"It is equally devasting, if not more so, than the flood of July 30, 2016", county spokesman Mark Miller told the paper.