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State of Emergency Declared in Ellicott City: All You Need to Know

Flash floods slit through Ellicott City, Maryland, for second time in almost two years. first the state of emergency was declared in 2016 then now in 2018, this Sunday on 28 May. The muddy water rushed through Ellicott City’s historic Main Street,  the toppling buildings and upending cars, nearby  the Patapsco River making a  record-breaking level.

 According to reports of Howard County Fire and EMS, in certain areas, water levels rushed above the first floor of buildings. The river rose 17.8 feet in two hours on Sunday afternoon to 24.13 feet, thereby making a  new record from the previous high record of 23.6 feet thus making the highest level.

National Weather Service: Prior Warning Statement

NWS issued a flash flood warning for northeastern Anne Arundel County and southeastern Howard County through 12:45 a.m. The NWS provided data on observed rainfall accumulations for the past 24 hours in the greater Baltimore area showing widespread observed amounts of three to six inches with isolated measurements exceeding nine inches. NWS added, that additional rainfall amounts of one inch could come.

Bride and groom evacuated during Ellicott City flooding, still manage to get married

The torrential flooding in Ellicott City disrupted a wedding at the Main Street Ballroom on Sunday — but the bride and groom still managed to tie the knot, even after evacuating.

Action by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

  • Residents were made weather prepared by ensuring that they know how to receive warnings, follow safety tips, and take the following actions.
  • The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is currently working with local officials in Frederick and Washington counties to assess damages caused by flooding and coordinate any needed assistance from the state.
  • Residents can find additional preparedness information on MEMA’s website. The agency will also be posting updated information throughout the week on social media.
  • Ellicott City is one of three locations chosen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a pilot program to create a better warning system.
  • Ellicott City gets $1 million to prevent future flooding.