“We have never seen such devastation.”
Two people died after floodwaters resembling a “disaster movie” destroyed the main section of Ellicott City, Maryland, on Saturday night, officials said.
At 2:20 a.m. Sunday, first responders found the body of an adult woman in the water near the river bank. Her brother was there and told police that she and members of his family were in the main area of the city when the storm hit. They were inside the victim's vehicle, attempting to leave, when the vehicle was swept away by the water. The occupants got out of the vehicle, and all but the victim were rescued by water rescue teams and transported to Howard County General. The victim was swept away and eventually found about 200 yards from the Ilchester Bridge. The victim is Jessica Watsula, 35, of the 2600 block E. Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042.
Baltimore County Police responded at 8:48 a.m. Sunday to the intersection of Ilchester Road and the Howard County line. A citizen reported he was walking on a trail at 8:30 a.m. when he saw a body washed up on shore. The victim, an adult male, was pronounced deceased by a Baltimore County paramedic at 9:05 a.m. He is identified as Joseph Anthony Blevins, 38, of the 7800 block of Paddock Way, Windsor Mill, 21244.
Police learned Blevins was in Ellicott City with his girlfriend Saturday evening. Their vehicle was swept away in the flash flood with them inside. The girlfriend was able to get our and was rescued. Blevins was swept away.
Nearly six inches of rain fell on the area between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST on Saturday, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said on Sunday. It’s the “equivalent of rain for a whole month,” he added.
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With that much rain comes “tremendous force of water,” Kittleman said, adding that sidewalks are gone, “buiding floors completely gone,” “foundations completely gone” and that there were “cars on top of cars.”
In this video, a person is seen walking with his car during the flood when he is swept away. The poster said the person was ok.
In all, 170 vehicles were impacted by the flood and are now not driveable. They are being towed from walkways, the river and other places.