Crews Still Searching For Missing National Guard Member After Ellicott City Flood

Crews Still Searching For Missing National Guard Member After Ellicott City Flood

Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner said Hermond was in a restaurant on Main Street with friends when the water came surging through.

Hermond is a sergeant with the National Guard and an Air Force veteran, according to officials. Now, people don't even want to think about how much it might cost, on top of the debts they're still paying from the last time their homes and businesses were destroyed.

A gauge on the Patapsco recorded water surface levels reaching close to those of the Ellicott City flood just two years earlier.

It was not immediately clear if it was 39-year-old Eddison Hermond, the one person reported missing following the torrential rains that prompted destructive flash flooding in historic Ellicott City. On Tuesday afternoon, searchers found him as they scoured the Patapsco River. Their hope: to pull together as a community again after the second bad flood. But he notes the quaint old town has been through it all before, and he'll do his part to spur another revival.

Hermond, 39, was enjoying a birthday party at a Mexican restaurant when flash flooding swept through downtown Ellicott City, said Sarah Lopez, whose husband had served with Hermond in the Air Force.

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It was the second time within two years that catastrophic flooding caused death in the historic town, located about 12 miles west of Baltimore. In the July 2016 storm, Ellicott City received 6.6 inches (17 centimeters) of rain over a two- to three-hour period. Just two weeks ago, Hogan announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had awarded the state and county more than $1 million to pay for projects aimed at reducing the flood risk in areas around Main Street. "My auto is gone and there's several cars that have gone down the street".

But Sowers said he saw other hard-hit locals laughing and joking about their troubles first thing Monday morning - a good sign the Maryland town will launch yet another rebirth. At that point, he had not been seen since about 5:20 p.m. Sunday in Ellicott City, when flooding from a massive rainstorm ripped down Main Street.

Allan Kittleman, the Howard County Executive told NBC News: "I can say my heart is broken thinking about what the people are going through here".

"If you look at the devastation and the damage, I would certainly say it's worse than 2016", Kittleman said.

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