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Body of missing Guardsman found in flood-ravaged Maryland

30 May, 2018, 04:46 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Video posted to social media shows severe flooding in Ellicott City Maryland

Howard County Police tweeted the body has been identified as 39-year-old Eddison Hermond, the one person reported missing following the torrential rains that prompted destructive flash flooding in historic Ellicott City on Sunday. He described Hermond as a man who dedicated his life to helping others.

The Patapsco River, located southeast of Ellicott City, experienced a 17-foot-climb in water levels over those two hours.

Ellicott City is an unincorporated community about 12 miles west of Baltimore. Thunderstorms are in the D.C. -area forecast from Wednesday through Saturday, and Kittleman said officials are looking out for potential trouble spots around the area. "They are receiving those calls from people who terrified, who are looking for help, who are looking for guidance", he said.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said on Monday morning (Tuesday NZ Time) that his priorities are finding the missing man and assessing the condition of buildings that house shops, restaurants and families.

Videos show devastating flash flood in Baltimore suburb
The river rose 17.8 feet in two hours Sunday afternoon to 24.13 feet, setting a new record from the previous high of 23.6 feet. Family photos rested among debris after flash flooding in Ellicott City, Md ., today.

"Praying for the courageous veteran who has been reported missing following yesterday's awful flooding in Ellicott City", tweeted Maryland's Governor Larry Hogan, who declared a state of emergency in Howard County. When the flash flooding receded, first responders walked through the ravaged downtown area, the main street strewn with debris.

Just hours before, murky brown water rushed through the city center, taking with it anything in its path. Videos and photos showed flipped vehicles and debris littering streets and storefronts. He promised that the affected area would receive "every bit of assistance" possible. Aside from the Patapsco River, there are four other smaller waterways running through and around Ellicott City. On Sunday the city saw 8 inches over six hours, with most of the rain falling during a three hour window.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning around noon for Howard County. Cars were seen bobbing in the water as people looked on from the upper floors of buildings.

It was the second time Ellicott City's downtown district was hit by deadly floodwaters in less than two years.

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