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Posted: August 01, 2016

2 dead, hundreds displaced by Maryland floods

By Lindsey Pulse

Video includes clips from WMAR and Twitter / @HoCoGovExec and images from WMAR.

Severe flooding in central Maryland has left at least two dead and hundreds of others picking up the pieces.

The flash flooding struck Ellicott City on Saturday night. Officials said residents Jessica Watsula and Joseph Anthony Blevins were swept away in their cars in separate incidents. 

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"Cars everywhere, sidewalks missing, roads partially gone, utility poles down, cars on top of cars," Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said of the scene. 

Officials report Ellicott City received more than six inches of rain in a matter of hours. Kittleman said in the aftermath of the storm, the city looked like a "war zone."

"I've seen the flooding in Ellicott City in the past, and it's been bad. It has never been close to being this bad," he said.

Photos from WMAR show vehicles almost completely submerged and water flooding the streets.

As of Sunday, Howard County police had no other missing person reports from the floods.


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