Searchers scouring a river swollen by flash flooding Tuesday found the body of a man last seen being swept away by water.
Howard County police identified him today as 39-year-old Eddison Hermond of Severn.
Flash floods have sent cars floating down roads in Ellicott City, Maryland - less than two years after a devastating flood killed two people and caused millions in damages. Emergency officials reported that at least one Ellicott City building has collapsed.
"To have died helping somebody else is incredible".
"There are a lot of people whose lives are going to be devastated again, and they've been working so hard to come back and we just need to be there for them and to tell them ... all of our resources are there to help them", Kittleman said.
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.
He says Hermond spent more than 10 years on active duty in the Air Force, starting in 1996.
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"We had a very, very heavy cell move over us, and it just unloaded and did not let up", he said. But he says the town has been through it all before, and he'll do his part to spur another revival. Their hope: to pull together as a community again after the second awful flood deluged their downtown in less than two years.
News outlets showed photos and video of turbulent water rushing down Main Street in Ellicott City, some 13 miles (20 kilometres) west of Baltimore. Now they face yet another massive cleanup, serious economic losses and a daunting comeback. Yesterday, the community received almost 20.5cm of rain over six hours, but most of it fell during an intense, three-hour period, Muccilli said. The Patapsco River, southeast of Ellicott City, experienced a 17-foot-climb in water levels over those two hours.
In one video posted to Instagram, three cars are swept down the street. Once behind the restaurant, the others saw Hermond go underneath the water and "not surface".
Howard County officials released 911 calls from Sunday's deadly flooding in Ellicott City.
The sewage overflow, first noticed early Monday, has been stopped. But as much as 500,000 gallons of sewage has already spilled.