Maryland man missing after Ellicott City devastated by rampaging flood

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Searchers scouring a riverbed near a Maryland town ravaged by destructive flash flooding have found the body of a missing man last seen being carried away by raging waters racing down a historic main street.

Howard County police confirmed that the body is that of Eddison "Eddie" Hermond, a 39-year-old National Guard sergeant from Severn, Md.

Police Chief Gary Gardner told CBS Baltimore that Hermond left the safety of the restaurant to help rescue a cat belonging to local shop owner, Kate Bowman.

As rescuers continue searching for Hermond, there were no reports of deaths or major injuries as of early Monday, Kittleman said.

The river rose 17.8 feet in two hours on Sunday afternoon to 24.13 feet, a new record from the previous high of 23.6 feet.

"God this is worse than the last one", one caller said. "They are receiving those calls from people who terrified, who are looking for help, who are looking for guidance", he said.

Jeremy Harris of CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah, tweeted videos sent in from his sister in Ellicott City that shows the flood disaster on the city's Main Street.

Some business owners in picturesque Ellicott City - established in 1772 as a mill town along the Patapsco River surround by hills - say they're determined to rebuild after Sunday's devastation.

Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency Sunday in Howard County as a massive storm drenched the Baltimore region, triggering flash floods in Ellicott City and leaving one person missing.

Hogan promised "every bit of assistance we possibly can".

"We'll see. It takes a lot of money and a lot of time, a lot of energy". Heavy rainfall prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue a rare flash flood emergency. Almost eight inches of rain fell in eight hours and floodwaters passed 24 feet, reports said.

"He just stepped over the ledge and he was immediately washed away", Bowman, told The Washington Post Monday.

People visiting the businesses on the busy street shared videos and photos that were reminiscent of the deadly flooding that happened in July 2016.

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