ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — The Latest on flash flooding in Maryland (all times local):
One person is missing in flash flooding that struck historic Ellicott City.
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman says a man was reported missing to police about 12:30 a.m. Monday. He hasn’t been seen since about 5:20 p.m. Sunday, when brown water was raging down Main Street.
Kittleman said the missing man is in his 40s and is not a resident of the historic district. He did not identify him further.
He said emergency workers are “making every effort to locate that individual.”
Kittleman said the other priority is to assess the condition of buildings, which contain shops, restaurants and homes. The area remains blocked off, even to residents and business owners.
Officials in Ellicott City, Maryland, say they are heartbroken to see the community so severely damaged by flooding again less than two years after a devastating flood killed two people and caused millions in damages.
Flash floods sent cars floating down Main Street Sunday, while first responders rescued dozens of people trapped in buildings swamped by water.
As the flood waters receded late Sunday, officials were just beginning the grim task of assessing the destruction. No fatalities or missing people were reported. But rescue crews were still going through the muddied, damaged downtown conducting safety checks.
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said the damage appeared to him to be worse than the flooding of July 2016.