Flash floods rush through Ellicott City, Maryland, trapping residents

Flash floods rush through Ellicott City, Maryland, trapping residents”

A flash flood dumped about six inches of rain onto a Maryland city within the span of two hours, according to NBC affiliate WRC.

After floods devastated Ellicott City in 2016, killing two people, it was called a "once in 1,000 years flood".

Flash floods have roared through Maryland state's Ellicott City sweeping away cars and causing major damage.

Raging water toppled buildings, swept away cars and rose as high as nearly two metres in Ellicott City, about 22km west of Baltimore, on Sunday (local time).

This is a developing story. On Sunday, most of the rain fell during a three-hour period.

"If you are trapped, we are coming", Howard County Fire & EMS tweeted. Main Street in @EllicottCity with devastating flooding.

Anyone looking for higher ground can go to the Roger Carter Community Center, the county said. No casualties or serious injuries have been reported so far this year.

Meanwhile, some roads were also flooded in neighboring Baltimore County.

Heavy flooding has been reported on Main Street-that's the same street where flash flooding turned the street into a deadly river in July 2016.

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. One sight during the flood: a handmade, white flag hung from an upper story of a Main Street building bearing the letters SOS. At 5:30 p.m., the agency declared a flash food emergency.

Emergency management officials urged people to avoid downtown Ellicott City.

Some residents of Ellicott City told The Baltimore Sun the flooding appeared to be worse than a storm two years ago that killed two people and destroyed local businesses.

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