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Published on : Monday, August 1, 2016
According to the latest reports, flood across downtown Ellicott City, Maryland, killed at least two people and more than 25 buildings have been destroyed. It is, in fact termed as the worst disaster in last 60 years.
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said that the city was flood prone but those brought by hurricanes paled in comparison to what two hours of rain did Saturday night. It rained more than 6 inches in the evening, from 7pm to 9pm local time and was the equivalent of a month of normal rainfall.
He continued that they have never seen such devastation in Howard County for over 50 years.
Ellicott City is an affluent unincorporated community of 65,800 people and famous for its historic downtown, is about 12 miles west of Baltimore and in the valley of the Patapsco River, a major waterway flowing to Chesapeake Bay. The reports show scenes with cars being swept away in roads that look like rivers. People have formed human chains to help out others. At least two people died and their bodies were recovered on the Baltimore side of the river. Fire fighters had a busy night, fetching people from the swift water on Main Street and along the Patapsco River. More than 170 damaged cars are being towed to impound lots. No firm financial damage estimate is available.