Flash flood sweeps cars down street

Flooding on Main Street in Baltimore MD. Twitter  Libby Solomon

EXTREMELY DANGEROUS’ Dramatic Video Shows Flash Floods Ravaging Baltimore Metro Area Screenshot Twitter 27 May 2018

Scenes of devastating damage - and feelings of aching familiarity - overwhelmed residents of a small Maryland town Sunday as flash floods ripped through the area, topping similar havoc wreaked on Ellicott City in 2016.

News outlets showed photos and video of sudden, violent floodwaters surging down Main Street in Ellicott City, some 13 miles (20 kilometers) west of Baltimore.

"We had a very, very heavy cell move over us, and it just unloaded and did not let up", he said.

"I can tell you my heart is broken thinking about what the people have gone through here and the people's lives who were devastated two years ago and rebuilt".

The historic area of Main Street was affected by severe flooding on July 31, 2016.

However, Howard County officials tweeted that there was "no call for volunteers or unsolicited donations" immediately, but urged people to look for updates on that front.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said authorities aren't aware of any fatalities or missing people.

Jeff Halveson, professor of meteorology at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and a contributor to the Capital Weather Gang, said the storm pattern had essentially stalled over Ellicott City, the same phenomenon that caused massive flooding in the City of Frederick two weeks ago. He asks that those in the area stay off roads.

Officials in the area are urging people to find higher ground and not drive through flooded roads.

An SOS flag hangs from a building during the flooding on Main Street of Ellicott City, Maryland. The Howard County Fire & EMS agency also tweeted that waters had risen above the first floor of some buildings at the height of the flash flooding.

Main Street in Ellicott City saw flooding that almost reached the top of a stop sign.

It is believed multiple water rescues are underway.

He said he thought the flooding could ultimately be worse than what was seen in Ellicott City in 2016.

Jessica Ur, a server at a cafe on the city's Main Street, told The Baltimore Sun she saw the gushing brown waters carry three or four parked cars down the street.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings covering not just Ellicott City but Catonsville, Dundalk, Elkridge, Arbutus and much of Baltimore City.

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