Published: Mon, May 28, 2018

Flooding Slams Ellicott City, Baltimore Region; Water Rescues Reported


Ellicott City was still recovering from a flash flood two years ago that killed two and forced the historic city to rebuild much of its Main Street.

The National Weather Service said a flash flood warning has been issued for the area, calling it an "extremely unsafe situation" and urging motorists not to attempt to navigate flooded roads.

Flash floods and dramatic water rescues unfolded in Maryland on Sunday as parts of the state have become overwhelmed with heavy rains.

ECP says in 2016, they "collected an distributed over $1.85 million which was used to assist Main St. with recovery".

FOX 5's Mike Thomas says radar is now estimating about eight inches of rain in the three-hour-duration of the rain.

Mr. Miller said Sunday's rain started around 2:45 p.m. and had not yet subsided as of around 6:30 p.m.


Officials are urging anyone in the area to seek higher ground and not to drive through flooded roads.

Flash flooding covers the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., May 27, 2018.

All of fire and EMS department's rescue swimmers are responding to the emergency, and swift water units from as far away as Northern Virginia are on their way to Ellicott City.

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. Water, cleaning supplies and flashlights are among the items needed most.

It is the same street devastated by flash flooding in July 2016.

WBAL's Bill Vanko lives in the area, and he saw the flooding up close and personal.

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