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SEVERE FLOODING | Ellicott City, Maryland

Catastrophic flooding hits Baltimore suburb: Surreal video


Reuters
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Monday, May 28, 2018, 7:58 - Heavy rain and severe flooding made streets in Ellicott City, Maryland look like a river on Sunday (May 27).

Videos uploaded to social media showed completely flooded streets, stranded cars and people trapped in buildings looking through windows as water flowed by. 

Local media reported up to 8 inches of rain had fallen on Ellicott City in only two hours. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency. 

"It's really, truly devastating. I would say it's as bad or worse than the storm two years ago," said Hogan in a press conference Sunday.

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In 2016, similar severe flooding swept the historic area of Main Street and two people lost their lives.

Dozens of buildings and hundreds of cars were destroyed.

The area was still in the process of rebuilding when waters overtook the city's roads once again on Sunday.

Local officials say the damage might be even worst this time around.

First responders arrived to the scene to rescue people trapped on buildings around the area, according to local media. 

At the same time, thousands of residents in Florida evacuated their homes Sunday evening as subtropical storm Alberto raged towards Southern coastal states.

Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of the year, was packing winds near 65 miles per hour and 12 inches of rain.

It's expected to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle on Monday.

BELOW: UNBELIEVABLE PHOTOS AND VIDEO SHOW CATASTROPHIC FLOODING UNFOLD











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