Heavy storms cause major flooding in parts of mid-Atlantic Saturday evening

Then, the areas of Columbia and Ellicott City were put under a similar emergency weather alert, as the Little Patuxent and Patapsco Rivers were observed with rapid level rises.

County Executive Allan Kittleman said Sunday afternoon that the body of a man has been recovered.

Howard County Fire and Rescue tweeted multiple closures due to flooding, including Centennial Park, which will be closed until after damage assessment can be completed.

The National Weather Service forecast 60 percent chances of storms across the region late Sunday.

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"I don't believe there's ever been a flood and the devastation that we've had overnight in Ellicott City", he said in an interview with Baltimore's WBAL NewsRadio.

"People formed human chains to help out others", Barth said.

Video shows cars floating away as flood waters rush through the streets. All of the glass is broken, numerous sidewalks are out.

Hogan declared a state of emergency, which will allow greater aid coordination and assistance.

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"It looks like the set of a disaster movie", said Kittleman, a Republican.

"The damage is substantial in the historic district [of Ellicott City]", according to Kittleman, "and recovery will take an extended period of time". "Within five minutes, it was panic and my friend was pulling someone out of there, and I've never seen anything like it ... all I can say is, I'm just happy to be alive". According to officials, there were downed trees, lines and people trapped in cars. Nearly 1 1/2 inches fell between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. However, reports indicated that rain was considerably heavier in Howard County.

In the aftermath, parts of Main Street had collapsed. "There's hills on both sides, the river's on the third side", Elliott said.

An owner of an Ellicott City business posted Facebook video of a dramatic rescue Saturday night as flood waters rushed through the city during a heavy rain.

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