Residents in the cities of #Ellicott
scrambled for safety as heavy #rainfall
brought flash #flooding
to the area. Videos posted on social media show raging torrents of water #deluging
A flash flood #emergency
was declared in Ellicott City on Sunday. Videos posted by locals show the city’s Main Street awash with muddy water. “This is an EXTREMELY #DANGEROUS
AND POTENTIALLY #CATASTROPHIC
situation and you must move to HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY AND STAY AWAY FROM ANYWHERE WHERE WATER IS MOVING,”National Weather Service Baltimore said in a #Twitter
Ellicott City, which is situated just 55 meters (180ft) above #sealevel
, is experiencing flooding on the same scale as it saw in 2016, the Howard County #government
said. The 2016 Maryland flood caused severe damage to the historic center of the city, affecting many homes, businesses and famous sights. Two people perished at the time.
As of Sunday evening, the flash flood emergency has been extended to include areas along the #Patapsco
River in Anne Arundel County, as well as the entirety of Howard and Baltimore Counties.
Authorities in #Maryland
are warning locals not to cross roads with standing water, as the flood has caught some of them midway in traffic. #Governor
Larry Hogan urged residents to “use extreme caution” and “avoid travel as possible.”
Governor Hogan says he has declared a #stateofemergency
in Maryland, instructing the local emergency agency “and numerous other state agencies” to assist in mitigating the aftermath of the #disaster
. Hogan said he is on his way to Ellicott City, the worst to be hit by the flooding.
There have been reports of #buildings #crumbling
as result of the continuing flash flood, Howard County Fire and Rescue reported, saying that collapse rescue teams are heading to the scene.
Howard County Fire and Rescue urged residents to assist them by #evacuating
, warning that more rain is expected to hit the city.
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