Second 1000-Year Flood in Two Years Slams into Historic Maryland City

Posted May 30, 2018

A man's body found by searchers in the Patapsco River near the Howard and Baltimore county line has been identified, authorities said.

On Tuesday, the Howard County Police posted a devastating update on the victim, 39-year-old National Guardsman Eddison Hermond.

According to officials, Hermond had been helping to barricade a door from the floodwaters when a woman asked for help finding her cat.

She called Hermond the "nicest person in the world" who always had a smile on his face.

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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. Local officials recently said 96 percent of the businesses were back in operation since the last flooding.

Flash flooding covers Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., May 27, 2018.

A auto that was swept into the riverbank rests just off Main Street in flood-ravaged Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. He says Hermond was not on duty Sunday evening and had not had guard training during the weekend.

Earlier this month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the state $1,044,224 for flood-mitigation efforts in Ellicott City.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan urged residents of the affected area to seek higher ground.

Simon Cortes, owner of La Palapa Grill & Cantina, said it's "a disgusting time", and his business took on about a foot (30 centimeters) of water. As of Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service had extended a flood warning in northwestern Anne Arundel County and southeastern Howard County Maryland until 5 p.m. Monday. On Sunday, the community received some 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) of rain over a six-hour period, but most of it fell during an intense, three-hour period, Muccilli said.

The flooding has caused buildings to collapse and cars to be washed away.

This was the second time that Ellicott City, which sits just 13 miles west of Baltimore, was hit by a severe flash flood since 2016. Aside from the Patapsco River, there are four other smaller waterways running through and around Ellicott City.

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