One sight during the flood: a handmade, white flag hung from an upper story of a Main Street building bearing the letters SOS. "I'm devastated. I'm heartbroken, and I know they are as well". Initial damage estimates appear to be higher than the 2016 flood, according to officials.
Simon Cortes, who owns the restaurant, says Hermond is "a super nice guy", who was always out in the community showing support when it worked to rebuild from flooding less than two years ago.
When the flash flooding rushed in Sunday, Bowman escaped with her cat from the window of her shop and was in water above her waist when she saw Hermond, the Baltimore Sun reported.
A damaged vehicle swept away by floodwaters rests by a utility pole in Ellicott City, Md., on Sunday.
The flooding in 2016 caused catastrophic damage, but 96 percent of the businesses downtown rebuilt and reopened.
News outlets showed photos and video of turbulent water rushing down Main Street in Ellicott City, some 13 miles (20 kilometres) west of Baltimore.
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Kittleman said the missing man was in his 40s and was not a resident of the historic district. "And we've had two of them in two years". Cars were seen bobbing in the water as people looked on from the upper floors of buildings.
Dozens of buildings and hundreds of cars were destroyed.
The Main Street area remains closed to residents and business owners as rescue teams and engineers continue to assess the damage. The county was working on stormwater retention ponds and preparing to install additional piping. He signed an executive order directing Maryland Department of Emergency Management and other state agencies to provide support. "It just can't be done in less than two years", he said.
Emergency services received about 1,100 calls starting around 4 p.m. Sunday and assisted 300 individuals from hazardous areas affected by the storm. It just can't happen. "If you are trapped, we are coming". "That's how it works".
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 warning for northeastern Anne Arundel County and southeastern Howard County through earl Monday. Three to 6 inches was common throughout the metro area.
There are possibilities that another inch could fall, the NWS said, and though that doesn't sound like much rain, it means trouble for the already saturated ground and burgeoning rivers.