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Devastating flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland

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Howard County police say searchers have found the body of a National Guardsman in the Patapsco River, two days after he went missing while assisting with rescue efforts during a devastating flash flood.

- As the sun rose over Ellicott City Monday morning emergency workers began assessing the damage following the second devastating flood in the last two years that left the historic Maryland city in ruins and one person missing. A woman wanted to leave the restaurant to find her cat, and Lopez said Hermond lost his balance as he attempted to help the woman out.

"Rescue personnel have been searching buildings and waterways in the area since the flood".

Residents and shop owners were asked to stay away due to safety concerns and told to monitor social media for updates.

A frame grab from video footage released via Twitter by Kali Harris shows an SOS flag hanging from a building during flash flooding on Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., on Sunday.

"There are no words to describe the devastation", Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said.

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

Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency in Howard County in the aftermath of the storm.

Water rushes through Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., May 27, 2018. "We've had areas that were not even damaged at all two years ago terribly damaged this time".

"We'll see. It takes a lot of money and a lot of time", he said.

"I feel like it's our duty to make sure that we rebuild and open back up", said Cortes, whose restaurant is right by the spot where a 39-year-old man was swept away by Sunday's raging floodwaters. Besides, Hermond, officials said no other injuries or fatalities have been reported.

Nathan Sowers, an Ellicott City resident and business owner, told The Associated Press he was feeling overwhelmed Monday at the prospect of rebuilding again.

The flooding yesterday swept away parked cars in Ellicott City, set along the west bank of Maryland's Patapsco River 20km west of Baltimore. Hogan said temporary improvements were in place and more things were in the works to reduce the community's vulnerabilities. A spokeswoman in Baltimore County said the fire department has received dozens of calls about cars stuck in high water and flooded basements.