One woman was found dead in the Patapsco River after flood waters rushed through Ellicott City, Maryland on Saturday evening.
The city ordered evacuation of citizens from flooded areas of Main Street and sheltered people at a local community center. A flash flood warning was issued Saturday for the area. By about 9:30 p.m., fire crews began rescue operations.
A state of emergency was declared after assessment of major flooding discovered damage to streets, cars, businesses, and residents Saturday evening.
With over 4 inches of rain in a short period of time, historic Ellicott City MD could not handle the water. This area is prone to flooding in the Potapsco River Valley, and the video shows two cars take out the town’s clock. VIDEO CREDIT: Josh Zimmerman.
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FLOOD WARNING SUNDAY 7/31/2016
The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has extended the.
Flood Warning for: Southeastern Howard County in central Maryland.
Until 9:00 AM EDT.
At 6:11 AM EDT, reporting gauges indicated the Little Patuxent River was still above flood stage, including at Guilford in the Columbia area, where the stage was 12.3 feet. River Levels are falling, however the flooding will continue into the morning hours.
Some locations that will experience flooding include: Columbia, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Savage-guilford. Scaggsville, Ilchester, Jessup, Fulton, Highland, Simpsonville and Clarksville.
— National Weather Service
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Video taken from the 2nd floor of Portalli’s Restaurant on Main Street.
Floodwaters Rush Through Ellicott City, Maryland