On Sunday, May 27th, Ellicott City, Maryland experienced a flash flood caused by a line of thunderstorms that created much devastation in the city. CBS news reported that this flood was so severe that cars floated down Main Street in Ellicott City, Md. There was also a report on Sunday that someone had been missing since being washed away by the flood on Main Street after assisting with water rescues. Unfortunately, on Tuesday the 29th, he was found deceased. This shows how devastating, dangerous, and life-threatening floods can be.
The water receded the day after the flood. Overall it is estimated that there were about 15 inches of rain in Catonsville (a town next to Ellicott City). Although the water had receded, The Weather Channel stated that on Tuesday the 29th authorities issued a “precautionary health alert” after a sewer spewed about 500,000 gallons of raw sewage about 2 miles from downtown Ellicott City.
The geography of Ellicott City makes it flood-prone. The Washington Post explained that the area is located downhill next to the Patapsco River. Several streams flow downhill towards Ellicott City and Patapsco River, which makes the city susceptible to floods.
This is the second time within two years that Ellicott City had a major flood. They had just recovered from a flood in 2016. Hopefully, with much support, the city can make a quick recovery.
(credit: The Weather Channel, CBS News, The Washington Post)
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