Ellicott City, Maryland, a historic town known for its antique stores and beautiful Main Street with an old world feel, was devastated Saturday night by a massive flash flood which decimated much of the city.
Heavy rains hit the area Saturday night, and Ellicott City was soon overtaken by water. A state of emergency was declared and first responders quickly mobilized to mount water rescues of people who were trapped in their homes and cars, which were tossed around by the raging water.
Devastating flash #flooding in #Ellicott City, #Maryland tonight via @Henri_sanders on @instagram pic.twitter.com/EP2MfJ4OlB
— Indra Petersons (@IndraPetersons) July 31, 2016
#ellicottcity flash flood.. A view from inside pic.twitter.com/x1VtuwVb0e
— Framethestory (@Framethestory) July 31, 2016
Awful to watch flash flooding wreak so much havoc within minutes. Main St. Ellicott City, MD is a river, the sidewalks are destroyed, it smells like there are several major gas leaks and at least a few drivers have been caught completely unaware. Driver of that car at the end made it out safely but was a bit shocked. Everyone else was safe from what we could see. #oldellicottcity #ellicottcity #maryland #mainstreet #breakingnews #rightnow #flashflood #extremeweather #patapsco @wbaltv11 @baltimoresun @abc2news @weatherchannel
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noah back RT @Rock_in_Goal: @cbsbaltimore Flooding in Downtown Old Ellicott City pic.twitter.com/ZcIp431pA0
— unpforgettable pfire (@firefire100) July 31, 2016
AMAZING VIDEO: viewer video of flooding in Ellicott City. @cbsbaltimore #WJZ pic.twitter.com/oJUBSCZOJO
— George Solis WJZ (@GeorgeSolisWJZ) July 31, 2016
At least one woman has died after major flooding in Ellicott City. https://t.co/c55HmKJzB8https://t.co/ZgVzK1FAmI
— Mohammed Asbahi (@gfhfd111) July 31, 2016