Flooding In Maryland Claims 2 Lives
Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency on Sunday for Howard County in Maryland following historical flooding this weekend. The hardest hit area was Ellicott City, a historic town lined with small businesses. The city was founded in 1772 along the Patapsco River.
Two people in their thirties were killed after being swept away in the floodwaters in separate incidents. The flood destroyed up to five buildings, damaged 30 others and left over 170 vehicles stranded in the city, according to a Facebook post from Governor Hogan. “It looks like a movie disaster scene,” said Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.
“Earlier this evening, severe thunderstorms passed through Maryland, heavily impacting the central part of the state,” Governor Hogan said in a Facebook post, describing the storm on Saturday. “There is extensive damage to property and infrastructure.”
The storm was one of the worst that some longtime residents had ever seen. “We had 6 inches of rain in about 3 hours,” said Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman in a press conference on Sunday.
Right now, officials are working on assessing the full amount of damage and cleaning up the areas devastated by the storm. “We’ve got every one of our agencies on alert, some of them have already been providing assistance, but we’re going to bring in whatever manpower and whatever equipment they need from every single department,” said Governor Hogan.
“We have notified FEMA and we’ll see if we can get some additional assistance here, but it’s going take some time to get everything up in operation,” said Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.
“We’re going come through this,” Kittleman said, offering words of hope to residents. “Ellicott City is going rebound. We are resilient here in Howard County and Ellicott City and I know that we’re going make sure that Ellicott City continues to be viable and a place to be for a long, long time in the future.”
(Photo Courtesy of Howard County Government)