Volunteers and crews with trained dogs had been methodically hunting for 39-year-old Eddison Hermond who disappeared Sunday afternoon, following torrential rains that prompted destructive flash flooding in historic Ellicott City for the second time in less than two years. There were no reports of injuries or fatalities, but authorities said at least one person was missing.
Howard County police say searchers have found the body of a National Guardsman in the Patapsco River, two days after he went missing while assisting with rescue efforts during a devastating flash flood.
"I feel like it's our duty to make sure that we rebuild and open back up", said Cortes, whose restaurant is right by the spot where a 39-year-old man was swept away by Sunday's raging floodwaters. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said Monday morning that his priorities are finding a missing man and assessing the condition of buildings that house shops, restaurants and families.
Police say Hermond was last seen early Sunday evening trying to help a woman rescue her cat behind a restaurant while seething brown waters surged through the downtown.
With waters receded, residents of the flood-prone Maryland town are facing another daunting comeback less than two years since another bad flood deluged their beloved downtown, smashing inventory and ripping up floors and pavement.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency for the area, which he visited and to which he promised "every bit of assistance we possibly can".
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"Are we gonna die ma'am?" another caller asked.
Ellicott City, a former mill town, sits in ravine surrounded by two streams of the Patapsco River, about 13 miles west of Baltimore. On Sunday, the community received some 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) of rain over a six-hour period, but most of it fell during an intense, three-hour period, Muccilli said.
In a Tuesday tweet, Howard County Police said they are still awaiting identification of the body.
This follows after the same area was hit but flooding in 2016, which left two dead and damaged dozens of buildings. It is still unclear how much damage and loss of life have been caused by the flooding.
Some are already asking whether enough was done after the last flood to prevent a similar catastrophe. But he said big changes take time, and no one expected such a huge flood so soon after 2016.