National Guardsman Eddison Hermond missing after Ellicott City flood

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

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency Sunday in Howard County as a massive storm drenched the Baltimore region, triggering flash floods in Ellicott City.

He was last seen around 5:20 p.m. Sunday, during the worst of the flooding, and was reported missing early Monday, police said.

A member of the Army National Guard is missing after a Maryland town was devastated by flooding Sunday. In some areas, the water rose above the buildings' first floors.

It's particularly trying for folks because Sunday's torrential rains came just as it seemed the town had come back stronger than ever from a terrible July 2016 flash flood that killed two.

Howard County police said 39-year-old Eddie Hermond's body was found by searchers in the Patapsco River across the Baltimore County line.

Local media reported up to 8 inches of rain had fallen on Ellicott City in only two hours.

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

In one video, a building collapses, and a person could be seen trying to make their way through the floodwaters.

Kittleman said at the time that it was the worst devastation in Howard County in 50 years, but the town rallied around the slogan "Ellicott City Strong" and got to the arduous work of putting their community back together again.

Residents and business owners, Kittleman said, "are faced with the same daunting task again". The Patapsco River, located southeast of Ellicott City, experienced a 17-foot-climb in water levels over those two hours. Their hope: to pull together as a community again after the second bad flood deluged their downtown in less than two years. Damage downhill on Main Street looks devastatingly similar to that in 2016.

Ellicott City, Maryland, was hit with a devastating flash flood on Sunday.

The latest Ellicott City floods are a repeat of the 2016 disaster from which the area had barely recovered.

"Thank God for good people who took us in off the streets!"

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