ELLICOTT, Maryland - Massive flash flooding in Maryland turned deadly over the weekend, leaving two people dead and more than a hundred others in need of rescue.
"One victim was washed away as a pedestrian who was navigating along Main Street,” Police Chief Gary Gardner said.
Ellicott City, one of the hardest hit, experienced a month's worth of rain in just two hours.
One Maryland resident says, "Within five minutes it was panic and my friend was pulling someone out of there and I've never seen anything like it."
Cars were swept away as streets became rivers. A group of strangers acted fast and joined hands to form a human chain. With water raging, they refused to give up, eventually rescuing a woman who was just moments away from drowning.
Maryland’s Governor, Larry Hogan, said it was shocking and tragic. “But, the good side was watching some really heroic rescues and seeing first responders and just the neighbors that were helping each other out in the cars that were just floating by.”
Hogan declared a state of emergency. State officials said repairing the damage will cost millions. Meanwhile, residents are bracing for more rain in the forecast and many said they are just so thankful to be alive.
In Houston, we're no strangers to Mother Nature`s wrath. And just like we've seen first-hand, Maryland residents are now witnessing people first linked by tragedy and chaos, can also be bound by bravery and compassion.