Flash flooding causes chaos in parts of Baltimore

Flooding on Main Street in Baltimore MD. Twitter  Libby Solomon

Flooding on Main Street in Baltimore MD. Twitter Libby Solomon

News outlets showed local photos and video of the turbulent floodwaters cascading down Main Street in Ellicott City, some 13 miles west of Baltimore.

A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service on Sunday evening for Anne Arundel and Howard counties in central Maryland, which means "that flooding is imminent or occurring".

Scenes of devastating damage - and feelings of aching familiarity - overwhelmed residents of a small Maryland town Sunday as flash floods ripped through the area, topping similar havoc wreaked on Ellicott City in 2016.

- Libby Solomon (@libsolomon) May 27, 2018DEVELOPING: Flash flooding, water rescues reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state.

Kittleman said that a huge gap - between 25 and 30 feet - opened between Ellicott Mills and Main Street following the heavy rain. But he says: "We will be there for them as we were in 2016".

The generosity of the entire greater Baltimore region was on display last time Ellicott City found itself underwater, Smith said.

Loretta Moran was returning with her husband to their house on Main Street from their son's wedding the night before when they noticed the Tiber River was running extremely high. Swift water units from as far away as Northern Virginia also were summoned.

Ellicott City has been rebuilding since the 2016 flooding damaged and destroyed businesses.

A flash flood emergency is in effect for Ellicott City and Catonsville through 10:30 p.m.

"I can tell you my heart is broken thinking about what the people have gone through here and the people's lives who were devastated two years ago and rebuilt". 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.

If you're affected by the storm and in need of non-emergency assistance, you can call Howard County Police Department at 410-313-2200.

The Baltimore Sun reported the town had previously been hit by a flash flood in 2016, forcing it to rebuild most of Main Street.

Howard County Fire and EMS told WRC the water started to recede around 5:20 p.m. A county spokeswoman there said the fire department has received dozens of calls about cars stuck in high water and flooded basements.

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