State of Emergency has been declared in Ellicott City, Md due to Hazardous flooding
State of Emergency has been declared in Ellicott City: Ellicott City again was flooded throughout Main Street and the surrounding area due to slow-moving storms. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said Sunday’s flooding was worse than the flooding in 2016.
“I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say this is worse than 2016. I can tell you my heart is broken thinking about what people are going through here, and the people’s lives who were devastated two years ago and they rebuilt, and now they’re faced with the same daunting task again,” Kittleman said.
“would say it’s as bad or worse than the storms two years ago. They say this is a once every 1,000-year flood, and we’ve had two of them in two years,” Hogan said.
Ellicott City has heavily flooded two years ago, leaving two people dead. Kittleman said officials were not aware of any fatalities related to Sunday’s flooding, or anyone who might be missing.
Howard County Fire and EMS tweeted at the height of the storm that the water was above the first floor of some buildings.
Mark Hemmis, the owner of the Phoenix Emporium restaurant, said he and his staff moved everyone upstairs.
“Since the water hit the front door, we took all the customers to the second floor and then the water came through behind us and kind of cut us off,” Hemmis said.
When asked to compare Sunday’s flood to the flooding in 2016, Hemmis said, “I’d imagine this is worse.”
The Roger Carter Community Center, St. Peter’s and St. Paul churches were open as shelters for people in need.
As of 8:15 p.m., radar showed the bulk of the storm moving out of the Baltimore area. That’s hours after the rain first started falling.
WBAL-TV 11 Weather meteorologist Tony Pann said radar was estimating as much as 9 inches of rain since the storm started Sunday afternoon.
The National Weather Service reported unofficial rain totals from trained weather spotters as follows:
Catonsville – 9.71 inches 6:10 p.m. 5/27 Trained Spotter
Catonsville – 4.60 inches 6:20 p.m. 5/27 Trained Spotter
Bentley Springs – 1.96 inches 3:02 p.m. 5/27 Trained Spotter
Ellicott City – 7.92 inches 7:11 p.m. 5/27 Trained Spotter
Ellicott City – 7.48 inches 6:40 p.m. 5/27 Broadcast Media
Columbia – 1.70 inches 4:45 p.m. 5/27 Trained Spotter
More than 6 inches of rain fell over two to three hours in July 2016. Coming back from that flood was hard. Some business owners said, after this flood, there’s no coming back.
“At the end of May, this is when we opened our door a year ago after the (2016) flood. And now, we’re out. Thirty-nine years of business, and we’re done. We can’t afford to (come back), we took everything the last time, all of our savings and everything to rebuild,” said Sherry Fackler-Berkowitz, owner of the Great Panes art glass studio.
Hogan said he has directed the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and other state agencies to assist Howard County and Ellicott City to recover.
“Our hearts and our thoughts are with the people of Ellicott City. They are strong. They came back last time. The state is here; we’ve already declared a state of emergency,” Hogan said.
Kittleman urged people to avoid going to downtown Ellicott City.
“Don’t come to Main Street. Don’t come down to see how things are looking. It’s devastating. It’s heartbreaking. And people’s lives are devastated. Please don’t come down and try to see what’s happening. It’s dangerous,” Kittleman said.
There was no water service or electricity in the downtown business district Sunday night.
Kittleman said his current focus is helping residents, and he’ll talk at a later time about why flood mitigation protections put in place over the last two years appear to have failed.
“Ellicott City has been a strong, resilient community. It has demonstrated that over the last two years, we’ll continue to demonstrate that. I have complete faith in the people of Ellicott City and Howard County. So I’m confident that we will be stronger again,” Kittleman said.
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Video from 11 News crews and viewers showed swift-moving water. The National Weather Service said a flash flood warning has been issued for the area, calling it an “extremely dangerous situation” and urging motorists not to attempt to navigate flooded roads.
Some Baltimore County roads were also flooded. A spokeswoman in Baltimore County said the fire department has received dozens of calls about cars stuck in high water and flooded basements.
Baltimore County emergency officials say crews were dispatch to the Gunpowder Falls State Park off Belair Road for a swift-water rescue. Crews from the Kingsville VFC Swiftwater Team and Harford County Technical Rescue Team rescued three people. EMS were evaluating the victims, but they had no obvious injuries.
“I am witnessing firsthand the effort of our first responders tonight. They continually put themselves at risk to preserve our safety. All I can say is thank you,” Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler said.
Ellicott City tonight. Darkness pierced by building alarms. Flash flooding knocked out power too pic.twitter.com/tzrkCXmfID
— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) May 28, 2018
Business owners in Ellicott City say flash flood today likely worse than 2016. Mark Hemmis from Phoenix Emporium restaurant kept customers on 2nd flood for several hours pic.twitter.com/waIQG73GBe
— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) May 28, 2018
This incredible video from Ellicott City is reminiscent of 2016. It's from today. Over 6 inches of rain has fallen over 2 hours. http://www.wbaltv.com/nowcastA FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY has been issued for areas along the Patapsco River in Anne Arundel, Howard, & Baltimore counties. **SHARE to alert friends.
Posted by WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore on Sunday, May 27, 2018
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