Thirty rescues were carried out into Monday morning, officials said. Roaring flash floods struck the Maryland city, which had been wracked by similar devastation in 2016 with, its main street turned into a raging river that reached the first floor of some buildings and swept away parked cars, authorities and witnesses said.
Kittleman said the missing man is in his 40s and is not a resident of the historic district.
Kittleman said that a huge gap - between 25 and 30 feet - opened between Ellicott Mills and Main Street following the heavy rain. Eddison is a member of the National Guard and former member of the Air Force, and was trying to help others escape the floods when he was swept away himself. When the flash flooding receded, first responders walked through the ravaged downtown area, the main street strewn with debris. "It's hard for me to even understand how this could happen two years later", Kittleman told reporters.
Ellicott City, Maryland, was hit with a devastating flash flood on Sunday.
Now the locals face yet another massive cleanup, serious economic losses and a daunting comeback.
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. That may not sound like a lot, but any additional rainfall will exacerbate the flooding from the rain that has already fallen, and this will delay river levels from receding below flood stage quickly, CNN's Allison Chinchar said.
Kittleman said the other priority is to assess the condition of buildings, which contain shops, restaurants and homes. No fatalities were reported. Rescue crews were still going through the muddied, damaged downtown conducting safety checks.
Howard County Executive Allan Kilttleman said the flooding was worse than that endured in July 2016.