Ellicott City’s Main Street was transformed into a raging river that swept away cars and inundated homes and businesses. Howard County first responders assisted 120 people in swift-water rescues.
Video shot from the second floor of Portalli’s Restaurant on Main Street at the height of the flooding is shocking. Diners huddle near the window watching in disbelief. “Oh, my God!” is the most frequent reaction as cars float down the street, some with people inside (watch especially from 3:55 on).
(Video: Nezacant via YouTube)
“[This is] just a disaster,” said Evan Brown, the owner of Portalli’s, which was heavily damaged by the flood.
Much of the city is now wrecked.
Ronald McCandless, a Capital Weather Gang reader who lives three miles from downtown Ellicott City, called the experience “worse than a hurricane.”
“We have two sump pumps that did little good for the basement since water came in over the foundation in three places,” McCandless said.
One woman in Baltimore County drowned as the Patapsco River surged to historic levels in a matter of minutes:
Below I’ve compiled photos and videos of the scene, which tell the story of this horrible event better than words:
(Justin Berk via YouTube)
(Nezacant via YouTube. Caution: Strong language)
On Monday, Capital Weather Gang severe weather expert Jeff Halverson will describe the meteorology behind this severe flooding.