State of emergency declared as Baltimore devastated by floods

State of emergency declared as Baltimore devastated by floods

Residents said Sunday's flood seemed even worse than the storm in July 2016 - which was called an extremely rare "one-in-1,000 year event", and cost the city tens of millions of dollars in damages.

The National Weather Service called the flooding an "extremely unsafe and potentially catastrophic situation" as the rains pounded the city Sunday evening. Local officials recently said that 96 percent of the businesses were back in operation and more than 20 new businesses had again opened in the Main Street area. "Anxiously waiting for the rain to stop and floods to slow", Kat Foster, who escaped the rising waters, wrote on Twitter, posting a video of the deluge.

An SOS flag hangs from a building during the flooding on Main Street of Ellicott City, Maryland.

"We will be there for them as we were in 2016", he said.

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Tweets posted by Kevin Rector, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun whose website says he is a native of Ellicott City, show in photos and videos scenes of damaged storefronts and washed out roads.

"It's significantly higher than it was before", she told the newspaper, comparing the floodwaters to those of 2016. Rescue workers from as far away as northern Virginia were called in to help. Just to the south of Ellicott City, radar indicated as much as 7 to 8 inches had fallen - which is an incredible amount of rain in such a short amount of time.

The Howard County fire department warned people trapped on the city's Main Street to climb to the second floors of buildings as they awaited rescue and said the damage could rival devastating floods that occurred there in 2016.

Ellicott City is an unincorporated community about 12 miles west of Baltimore.

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Spokeswoman Karen Spicer in Howard County says she has no immediate information of any deaths after flash floods coursed through streets in Ellicott City, Maryland on Sunday.

Meanwhile, some roads were also flooded in neighboring Baltimore County.

Howard County Fire and EMS compared the situation to a flash flood in 2016 that left two people dead and forced Ellicott City to rebuild.

A flash flood emergency was issued in Maryland's Howard County at 4:40 p.m. During that flooding, houses along Main Street shook as residents filmed the devastation out their windows.

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