Body of man who disappeared during flooding in Maryland found

The missing man - 39-year-old Eddison Hermond of Severn, Maryland - was last seen trying to help a woman rescue her cat behind a restaurant while seething brown waters surged through the downtown.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in an advisory issued at 8am ET that the storm's center was about 100 miles south-east of Destin, Florida, and moving north at 6mph.

Severe Flash floods swept through Ellicott City, Maryland, on Sunday.

As floodwaters receded and revealed the damage in Ellicott City, Maryland, residents and business owners in the flood-prone historic district could see the scope of the challenge ahead of them. He joined the Maryland Army National Guard in 2009 after serving in the Air Force for more than a decade. He said others made it out of the area safely.

"We had a very, very heavy cell move over us, and it just unloaded and did not let up", he said.

Local media reported up to 8 inches of rain had fallen on Ellicott City in only two hours.

The woman who was trapped, Kate Bowman, said Hermond stepped over a ledge and was "immediately washed away".

Water turned this street into raging rapids, rising right up through the doorways of buildings.

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.

Local officials say the damage might be even worst this time around.

They also said it looked worse than a deadly flood that hit the same region two years ago, which left two people dead and damaged dozens of buildings.

Nathan Sowers, an Ellicott City resident and business owner, told The Associated Press he was feeling overwhelmed Monday at the prospect of rebuilding again.

"Praying for the courageous veteran who has been reported missing following yesterday's awful flooding in Ellicott City", Hogan tweeted Tuesday. "I couldn't imagine what they went through two years ago, and now it's even worse".

Between 24 and 30 emergency rescues took place, including stranded individuals and water rescues.

  • Jon Douglas