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    Maryland floods: men form human chain to save woman stuck in car

    Maryland floods: men form human chain to save woman stuck in car
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    A group of passersby have formed a human chain to rescue a woman whose car was swamped by floodwaters in Maryland.

    The dramatic rescue in Ellicott City’s Main Street was captured on video, which was posted to Facebook by local business owner Sara Arditti.

    The footage shows one man being washed out of shot by the rushing water as he tries to reach the car.


    Four men then form a human chain and move into the brown, waist-deep water towards the car. At one point someone off camera screams to the woman “get out, get out.” She replies: “I can’t get out, I can’t do this,” while trying to climb out of the window.

    “You have to,” a woman off-screen shouts.

    Eventually the woman starts to climb out of the car and one man manages to pull her out of the window before they are both pulled to safety.

    Arditti wrote on Facebook that the man who was swept away by the flood survived.

    “Unbelievable video shot by my husband Dave during the flood as he and several other men rescue a woman from her car floating down Main St right in front of our business, Still Life Gallery at about 8:30pm July 30th,” she wrote.

    “Dave was at the top of the human chain holding the next man’s hand and filming with the other. The man who got washed away was incredibly lucky.”

    The video has been viewed more than one million times.

    Two people died in the flooding and another 120 have been rescued.

    A Pennsylvania woman visiting the town with her family was one of those killed after their car was caught in the raging floodwaters and carried toward the Patapsco River, police said.
    Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said the devastation was the worst he’d seen in 50 years living in the county, including Hurricane Agnes in 1972, which caused the river to overflow its banks.

    Virtually every home or business along Main Street sustained at least some damage, and the cost of repairs could reach the hundreds of millions of dollars, he said.

    “It looks like the set of a disaster movie,” said Kittleman. “Cars everywhere, cars on top of cars, parts of the road are gone, many parts of the sidewalk are gone, storefronts are completely gone.”

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    Prayers for all the people affected by this storm :'(
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    Ellicott City Flash Flood: Human Chain To Rescue Woman during Maryland Flood (VIDEO)

    Published on Jul 31, 2016



    Watch as locals form a human chain to rescue a woman trapped in her car as Maryland flood waters rise to dramatic depths.

    A group of Maryland residents formed a human chain to rescue a woman trapped in her car during severe flooding in Ellicott City.

    At least one person has died after severe thunderstorms pounded central Maryland late Saturday.
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    On a personal note ~~my son lives 50 miles away from Ellicott City I watched this morning about the flooding and was horrified as to what I saw. God Bless the ppl involved in this flooded area. My son is Ok he said we got rain but not like they did.
    Ellicott City is an historical city in Maryland ,Founded in 1772, the town contains the B. & O. Railroad Museum's branch at the Ellicott City Station, built in 1830, and the first terminus of the initial line. The downtown historic district is located in the valley of the upper Western Branch of the Patapsco River. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, Ellicott City surpassed Towson, Maryland (county seat of neighboring Baltimore County) for the first time, as the largest unincorporated county seat in the country. It will take years to rebuild this city just so sad.

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    That's great news, happy to see your son is alright sunny, this storm was horrible!
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    The building is buckling,’ one caller in the Ellicott City, Md., flooding says in 911 tapes
    August 3 at 11:10 AM

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    A woman can be heard saying “Oh my God,” to a 911 operator in emergency calls from those trapped Saturday in the historic flooding that hit Ellicott City, Md.

    “Water is above the door and it is coming in the building,” the caller tells the operator, who tries to guide them as she sends rescuers to them along Main Street. “The building is buckling. … There is water on the inside. … We can see the ceiling is crumbling a little bit.”

    Police in Howard County released the 911 recordings Wednesday.
    The flooding that hit Ellicott City, which sits near the Patapsco River, was called an “off-the-charts” thousand-year event. Nearly six inches of rain fell in a two-hour period.

    Two people died in the flooding, and it wrecked scores of homes and businesses in the historic town.

    [Two dead after severe flash flood in Maryland]

    Some people created a human chain to rescue a woman from a flooded car. The incident was caught on video.

    Callers reported people clinging to cars as the vehicles were being swept away.

    “We are aware of it and we’re trying to get them help,” a 911 operator tells a caller.

    In another call, a person calls from a restaurant along Main Street reporting that people are stuck on an upper floor.

    Another resident said it is “getting close” as she reported that she and her family retreated to the second floor of a home along a historic street in the town as flood waters poured in.

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