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Flash Flood destroys Ellicot City in Maryland
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ELLICOTT CITY, MD (WUSA9) - A state of emergency was declared in Ellicott City after major flooding destroyed much of its downtown area -- leaving businesses damaged and cars turned over Saturday evening.

At least one woman has died after flood waters ripped through the heart of the city. 

City officials are evacuating people from flooded areas of Main Street and taking them to a local community center.

A flash flood warning was issued Saturday for much of the region; alerting residents of dangerous conditions -- but what happened in the historic city wasn't what anyone was expecting.

Around 9:30 p.m., fire crews began conducting water rescues throughout the city.

http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/maryland/major-flooding-in-ellicot-city/284624026
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"The Howard County Office of Emergency Management has activated it Emergency Operations Center. We have been monitoring and responding to water rescues and are currently compiling a list of closed roads. Please remain cautious and if you see a flooded road, 'turn around, don't drown.' Please call 9-1-1 to report an emergency. For non-emergency situations, please call 410-313-2200, the Howard County Government issued alert stated."


"Howard County first responders are currently evacuating people from flooded areas of Main Street in historic Ellicott City and moving them to the Howard County Recreation and Parks' Roger Carter Center. There was significant flash flooding in the historic district. Please avoid the area," the Howard County Government also reported late Saturday evening.

http://wjla.com/news/local/heavy-rain-and-flash-floods-hit-the-dc-region
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There are videos all over twitter and youtube of the flashflood.
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Here are areas where officials said flooding was reported in Ellicott City:

Gray Rock Drive at Walt Mill Court
Main Street (citizens reportedly trapped in cars and on trees)
US 29 at Interstate 70
St. Johns Lane
Carroll at Folly Quarter Road
The storm impacted utilities for some citizens.

There were more than 3,000 people without power after 10 p.m. in Howard County, according to BGE.

Within an hour and a half, the number was below 1,000. Alert BGE to outages by calling 877-778-2222 or filing a report online.

A water main break in Ellicott City also left some without water, county officials said. Public works personnel were working on a repair.

http://patch.com/maryland/ellicottcity/water-rescues-occurring-drivers-advised-stay-inside-hoco-fire-rescue
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These guys are in shock.

Shock



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Wow... That's too bad :(
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What a nightmare. Ellicot city is a beautiful little town. I have a good friend who lives just about 4 miles up that same road. I am going to have to call and see if they made out okay.
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(07-31-2016, 11:14 AM)Pope Trollalotta Wrote: What a nightmare. Ellicot city is a beautiful little town. I have a good friend who lives just about 4 miles up that same road. I am going to have to call and see if they made out okay.

Hope so!!!

That's got to be so scary!
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(07-31-2016, 10:00 AM)Fork 5G Wrote: These guys are in shock.

Shock




Very sad! So much is destroyed :/
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(07-31-2016, 11:23 AM)~mc~ Wrote:
(07-31-2016, 11:14 AM)Pope Trollalotta Wrote: What a nightmare. Ellicot city is a beautiful little town. I have a good friend who lives just about 4 miles up that same road. I am going to have to call and see if they made out okay.

Hope so!!!

That's got to be so scary!

I called down there and they are fine. They didn't even know anything had happened. I asked and they said that they are just about 4 miles from there and that Ellicot City has a long history of floods just like that.

Here is some historic information.

The valley is prone to flooding, though at long intervals. Modern floods include the 1868 a flood washed away 14 houses killing 39 around Ellicott City, A 1923 flood topped bridges, in 1952 an eight-foot wall of water swept the shops of Ellicott City and a 1956 flood inflicted heavy damage at the Bartigis Brothers plant.[6] The most recent severe flood occurred in 1972 as a result of rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Agnes, in which Ellicott City and the Old Main Line sustained serious damage.

The mouth of the Patapsco River forms Baltimore harbor, the site of the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. This is where Francis Scott Key, while aboard a British ship, wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner," a poem later set to music as the national anthem of the United States. Today, a red, white, and blue buoy marks the spot where the HMS Tonnant was anchored.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patapsco_River
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