Forecasts threaten cleanup progress in Ellicott City

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Authorities working in flood-ravaged Maryland found the body of a missing Army National Guardsman in the Patapsco River, just east of the heavily damaged town of Ellicott City on Tuesday, the Howard County Police Department said.

Howard County police identified him as 39-year-old Eddison Hermond of Severn. He says Hermond was trying to help by holding a door open as water rushed in the building when a woman approached and said she was trying to find her pet.

Sarah Lopez was at a restaurant, attending a birthday party with Hermond when the flooding began, she told CNN. There is now no information about casualties; however, one person has been reported missing. Ellicott City, located about 12 miles west of Baltimore, is prone to flooding with the area's Patapsco River running through the town. Reconstruction efforts are now back to square one, officials said.

A small window of time to survey losses and gather belongings will be given to those in the flood damaged areas, officials say.

Howard County executive Allan Kittleman said that his immediate priorities were finding the missing man and assessing the condition of damaged buildings that housed shops, restaurants and families.

A video filmed outside the city shows cars abandoned on the streets being devoured by water. The city had been working on a flood mitigation plan, but only 30 percent had been completed by the time this weekend's flood hit.

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At a news conference Sunday night, Kittleman and Gov. Larry Hogan vowed to help people faced again with rebuilding their lives.

Ellicott City certainly got the worst of it.

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

An emergency warning was issued by the National Weather Service at 4:40 p.m. On Sunday (Monday NZT), the community received almost 200mm of rain over a six-hour period, but most of it fell during an intense, three-hour period, Muccilli said. Cars were seen bobbing in the water as people looked on from the upper floors of buildings.

It was a repeat of another major flood in 2016, when two people were killed and the city suffered millions of dollars in damage.