Most dramatic images of Maryland’s catastrophic flash flood (VIDEOS)
Videos showing muddy water running through the Ellicott City, which has been the hardest hit by the raging waters, have inundated social media.
Cars are seen abandoned on the streets being devoured by water.
While there have been no reports of casualties so far, the flood apparently caught some visitors by surprise.
“Thank God for good people who took us in off the streets! Anxiously waiting for the rain to stop and floods to slow,” Kat Foster, who escaped the rising waters, wrote on Twitter, posting a video of the deluge.
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.
This is a second video from my sister on #EllicotCity Main Street. This is as high, if not higher than 2 years ago. She is safe for now, no idea if everyone made it out of the 1st floors. @WJZDevin@wjz@FOXBaltimore@CairnsKcairns@wbaltv11@weatherchannel: video via Kali Harris pic.twitter.com/KOQUH0aBwp— Jeremy Harris (@JeremyHarrisTV) May 27, 2018
Water is back up, and more rain coming our way. pic.twitter.com/RCMjcIkPFn— Libby Solomon (@libsolomon) May 27, 2018
Photos of trashed shop windows and cars scattered on the streets show the grim aftermath of the disaster.
Maryland Ave and Main Dt Ellicott City pic.twitter.com/9vYJWpkMZG— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) May 27, 2018
The fast-moving water trapped dozens of cars on the street, with lone standing vehicles being swept away.
A state of emergency was declared in Maryland on Sunday, with authorities saying that the flood was of the same scale that rocked Ellicott City in 2016, leaving two people dead and many businesses and homes devastated.