Devastating flash floods in Ellicott City, Baltimore region

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Main Street was a disaster zone by late Sunday night, with piles of debris strewn about the roadways. Cars that were washed away were wrapped into trees and sitting abandoned. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in Howard County. Patapsco River swelled to a record-breaking level. Howard County Fire and EMS urged residents to evacuate downtown or move to higher ground while rescue teams swarmed the area.  In some areas, water levels reached above the first floor of buildings.

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No injuries or fatalities have been reported, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said in a news conference but the flood ravaged the city. It was just after many businesses just finished rebuilding after previous flood in 2016. This time officials believe it could be worse. “It’s indescribable, it really was,” said Howard County Executive Allen Kittleman. “I don’t think I’m without exaggeration saying that this is worse than July 30, 2016. I can just tell you my heart is broken.”The NWS provided observed rainfall accumulations for the past 24 hours in the greater Baltimore area showing widespread observed amounts of three to six inches with isolated measurements exceeding nine inches. A flash flood warning for northeastern Anne Arundel County and southeastern Howard County through 12:45 a.m. Monday.

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