Maryland County Grapples with Devastation Left behind by Flash Flood

One man is still missing after the historic Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland, was entirely flooded,  leaving the community heartbroken at seeing severe damage less than two years after another devastating flood, CNBC informed.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said on Monday morning that his priorities are finding the missing man and assessing the condition of buildings that house shops, restaurants and families.

“We’re certainly making every effort to locate that individual,” he said.

Howard County police identified him Monday as 39-year-old Severn resident Eddison Hermond, an active member of the Army National Guard.

Hermond was reported missing to police about 12:30 a.m. Monday, but has not been seen since about 5:20 p.m. at the height of the flooding, when raging, brown waters ripped through the town.

The area was completely blocked off Monday, even to residents and business owners, as Kittleman surveyed the debris.

“If you look at the devastation and the damage, I would certainly say it’s worse than 2016,” he said. “We’ve had areas that were not even damaged at all two years ago terribly damaged this time.”

At a news conference Sunday night, Kittleman and Gov. Larry Hogan has made a promise to help people rebuild their lives again.

“We will be there for them as we were in 2016,” Kittleman said.

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