‘Catastrophic’ flash floods hit outside Baltimore; crews conduct water rescues

‘Catastrophic’ flash floods hit outside Baltimore; crews conduct water rescues (Source foxnews.com)

A state of emergency was declared in Maryland on Sunday as “catastrophic” flash floods and dramatic water rescues unfolded in and around Ellicott City amid heavy rains. Gov. Larry Hogan announced the state of emergency on Twitter, and noted he directed the state’s emergency management agency “to assist in any capacity possible.” The areas of Ellicott City and Catonsville, outside Baltimore, were experiencing “catastrophic flash flooding,” with another forecasted surge of water “imminent,” according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Videos and photos posted to social media and shared with Fox 5 showed the city’s Main Street — the same street devastated by flash flooding in July 2016 — inundated with severe floods as water rushed through the area. Floodwaters surged around cars and pickup trucks. The Howard County Fire & EMS agency tweeted that water was above the first floor of some buildings.

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