Two people were swept away to their deaths and more than 100 others had to be rescued after heavy rains caused severe damage in Maryland over the weekend.
Almost 6 inches of rain fell in Ellicott City from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the equivalent of a full month’s normal rainfall, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said Sunday afternoon.
The Patapsco River, which runs through the area, rose more than 13 feet Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.
Kittleman called it “a terrible, terrible, horrific incident,” adding: “It looks like a war zone.”
The bodies of Joseph Anthony Blevins, 38, and Jessica Watsula, 35, were recovered after they were killed in separate incidents when they were carried off by the rushing water, Kittleman said later.