Videos show devastating flash flood in Baltimore suburb

Flooding on Main Street in Baltimore MD. Twitter  Libby Solomon

Horror flash flooding in Maryland has transformed streets into raging, six-foot high rivers as torrential rain soaks much of the state.

Officials opened a shelter at a community center in Ellicott City.

Authorities in an area hit by flash flooding west of Baltimore say they have no immediate reports of any fatalities.

Meteorologist Mike Muccilli said the worst of the rain appeared to be over by about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

While 17 businesses permanently closed, almost two dozen new ones opened on the main drag, she said.

Jessica Ur, a server at Pure Wine Cafe on the city's Main Street, told the paper she watched as gushing waters swept three or four parked cars down the street. Says Hogan: "They say this is a once every 1,000-year flood and we've had two of them in two years".

Ellicott City was still recovering from a flash flood two years ago that killed two and forced the historic city to rebuild much of its Main Street.

"In a normal heavy rain event, you wouldn't see this amount of flooding, where you see cars floating down the road", Muccilli said.


The same account later posted a photo of a rescue team helping people escape they're flooding apartments, as the lower level of the city's Main Street was nearly completely submerged.

Portalli's Italian Restaurant employee Arianna Wilgar said the water had reached the establishment's second floor.

Some Baltimore County roads also have been flooded. That's the same street devastated by flash flooding in July 2016.

Of course, we have rescue folks in Ellicott City now.

A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service on Sunday evening for Anne Arundel and Howard counties in central Maryland, which means "that flooding is imminent or occurring". Residents were urged to avoid the area, and those trapped were told to seek higher ground and await rescue.

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services tweeted that multiple rescues were carried out, and rescue swimmers were called in to help.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted that people should use extreme caution and heed all of the weather advisories.

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