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Devastating flood waters rip through Ellicott City, Md

A car that was swept into the riverbank rests just off Main Street in flood-ravaged Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. Sunday’s destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. (Photo: David McFadden/AP)

Devastating floodwaters rip through Ellicott City, Md.

One person was missing after flash flooding tore through historic Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., and left a community heartbroken at seeing severe damage less than two years after another devastating flood.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said Monday morning that his priorities are finding a missing man and assessing the condition of buildings that house shops, restaurants and families.

“We’re certainly making every effort to locate that individual,” he said.

The man was reported missing to police about 12:30 a.m. Monday but has not been seen since about 5:20 p.m. Sunday, at the height of the flooding, when raging brown waters ripped through the town. Kittleman said the missing man is in his 40s and does not live in the historic district, but he did not identify him further.

The area remained blocked off Monday, even to residents and business owners, as Kittleman surveyed the debris.

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