Horrific Flash Floods Devastate Ellicott City in US Maryland (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Flash flooding reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks area

Hogan announced two weeks ago that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had granted the state over $1 million to pay for projects that would help reduce the risk of flooding in high-risk areas, CBS reported.

'This is a catastrophic and life-threatening extremely risky situation, ' the alert warned. "This was a true flash flood". Now, the Howard County Police Department has put out an official missing persons report for the 39-year-old veteran, and locals are absolutely devastated over the news.

The fast moving waters also tore away portions of the street and many storefronts, leaving the quaint shopping district in a shambles.

WJZ's Drone 13 captured what Ellicott City's damaged looked like from above.

Floodwaters rushes through part of Ellicott City, Md.

Hundreds of emergency workers scrambled to stabilize power lines, shut down roads and highways and evacuate people trapped in their homes, cars and commercial buildings.

"Now, they're faced with the same daunting task again", Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said at a press conference.

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As the water swept through the city, numerous videos posted online showed the flood rising to engulf the ground floors of buildings and streaming into open windows.

Ellicott City received almost 8 inches of rain over a six-hour period on Sunday, most of which fell during an intense three-hour window, creating a "true flash flood", meteorologist Mike Muccilli told the Associated Press. The city received 8 inches of rain in a six-hour period.

Numerous city's residents felt déjà vu, and many had just finished rebuilding, following 2016's catastrophic flooding that killed two people and submerged the city.

Multiple rescues are under way. No fatalities or missing people were reported.

Some are already asking whether enough was done after the last flood to prevent a similar catastrophe.

Howard County government said the flooding was on the same scale as a deadly 2016 storm.

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