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Maryland hit by flash flooding as torrential rain turns streets into raging rivers

Horror flash flooding in Maryland has transformed streets into raging, six-foot high rivers as torrential rain soaks much of the state.

Dramatic photos and video emerged showing fast-moving torrents of brown water rushing down Main Street in Ellicott City, just outside Baltimore, on Sunday.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for the city at 4.40pm.

‘This is a catastrophic and life-threatening extremely dangerous situation,’ the alert warned. 

 

Dramatic photos and video emerged showing fast-moving torrents of brown water rushing down Main Street in Ellicott City, just outside Baltimore, on Sunday

Authorities urged residents to seek higher ground immediately and people were being warned to avoid downtown Ellicott City.

Footage taken by bystanders showed waves of water rushing through the city’s Main Street as it engulfed cars and reached as high as six-foot.

It is the same street devastated by flash flooding in July 2016. 

Some residents of Ellicott City told The Baltimore Sun the flooding appeared to be worse than a storm two years ago that killed two people and destroyed local businesses.    

The horror flash flooding in Maryland transformed streets into raging rivers as torrential rain soaked much of the state

The horror flash flooding in Maryland transformed streets into raging rivers as torrential rain soaked much of the state

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for the city, warning that it was a catastrophic and life-threatening situation

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for the city, warning that it was a catastrophic and life-threatening situation

Cars were engulfed by the torrents of water rushing Ellicott City on Sunday afternoon

Cars were engulfed by the torrents of water rushing Ellicott City on Sunday afternoon

Authorities urged residents to seek higher ground immediately and people were being warned to avoid downtown Ellicott City

Authorities urged residents to seek higher ground immediately and people were being warned to avoid downtown Ellicott City

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