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Published: Tue, August 02, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Human Chain Saves Woman From Ellicott City Flooding


Two people are now confirmed dead in flash flooding that swept through a Baltimore suburb over the weekend, a spokesman for Howard County told CNN.

The images and videos from this event are shocking and heartbreaking, as people raced to save potential drowning victims while cars were suddenly swept away amid the deluge. Officials have even warned the drivers to use different routes and to steer clear of standing water. Barbara Mikulski said at the news conference.

Johnny Breidenbach, the owner and chef of Johnny's Bistro on Main, said he closed his restaurant about 7:30 p.m. Saturday night, before the worst of the flooding, and he hadn't been able to get back there to assess the damage.

Joyce Healy, who was driving home on Saturday night, said she saw a auto, a Mercedez-Benz, floating in the waters.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman is set to host an information session Monday afternoon for residents and business owners affected by the storm.

WUSA9 has made contact with the Ellicott City hero, hopefully we get to meet him.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency in Howard County after surveying the damage Sunday.

Officials are branding this the worst flooding they have ever seen hit the historic town. He says some buildings may not be repairable.

The damaging storm also piled cars on top of each other and caused devastating damage to homes and businesses.

Local and state officials are working to request federal emergency funds, Sen. At least two people died: Jessica Watsula of Pennsylvania, and Joseph Anthony Blevins of Windsor Mill in Maryland, according to Baltimore County. "I mean there is nothing left in there it is just washed out so antique dealers have been here for years".

"I can't do this", the woman yelled as she crawled halfway out. Police said there were no other people reported missing.

Cover says Watsula also enjoyed working out at an area gym.

Major flooding occurred in Ellicott City, Maryland, Saturday night. But as she prepared to make a run for a friend's apartment in the rain, water rushing down the steep street suddenly became more furious, knocking her against the auto and locking her keys inside. Video shows them putting their lives at risk, at times slipping and almost falling, to hoist the driver out of the vehicle and carry her to safety. Outside, they found choppy water up to the hoods of cars and Weglein watched as her own vehicle slammed into another.

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