After floods devastated Ellicott City in 2016, killing two people, it was called a "once in 1,000 years flood." But the Maryland city around 13 miles west of Baltimore was hit Sunday by flooding that was even worse than 2016. Flooding that the National Weather Service called "catastrophic and life-threatening" washed away cars and severely damaged buildings Sunday afternoon, though no deaths or serious injuries were reported, WBAL reports. Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, saying "it's as bad or worse than the storms two years ago." The heavy rain led to evacuations and at least 20 rescues across the region, including several people rescued from a West Baltimore bus, the Baltimore Sun reports.
National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Muccilli tells the AP that Ellicott City suffered a "true flash flood" Sunday, with 8 inches of rain falling in six hours, most of it in a three-hour period. Emergency workers say water was above the first floor of some buildings during the worst of the flooding. The historic city had recently expressed pride in the progress of rebuilding since the 2016 floods, with more than 96% of businesses reopened. "I can tell you my heart is broken thinking about what people are going through here, and the people's lives who were devastated two years ago and they rebuilt, and now they're faced with the same daunting task again," Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said Sunday. (Read more Maryland stories.)