Photos: Massive flooding rips through historic Ellicott City

WASHINGTON — Massive flooding ripped through Ellicott City, Maryland, Sunday evening following heavy rains and storms.

The flooding caused Gov. Larry Hogan to call for a state of emergency.

The historic city saw similar flooding two years ago in July 2016. Two people died and several businesses saw heavy damage.

See photos and video of the flooding in the gallery below.

A waterlogged car sits in a parking space with debris all around it in Ellicott City, Maryland, Monday, May 28, 2018. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Tow trucks continue their work to remove the cars left behind as flood survivors ran to higher ground. (EWTOP/Mike Murillo)
Tow trucks continue their work to remove the cars left behind as flood survivors ran to higher ground. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Utility crews are also hard at work stabilizing light posts and fixing wires. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Utility crews are also hard at work stabilizing light posts and fixing wires. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A car that was swept into the riverbank rests just off Main Street in flood-ravaged Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. Sunday's destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. (AP Photo/David McFadden)
A car that was swept into the riverbank rests just off Main Street in flood-ravaged Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. Sunday’s destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. (AP Photo/David McFadden) (AP/David McFadden)
Residents gather by a bridge to look at cars left crumpled in one of the tributaries of the Patapsco River that burst its banks as it channeled through historic Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., on May 28, 2018.  (AP Photo/David McFadden. file)
Residents gather by a bridge to look at cars left crumpled in one of the tributaries of the Patapsco River that burst its banks as it channeled through historic Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. Sunday’s destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. (AP Photo/David McFadden) (AP/David McFadden, file)
Water moves past a car swept into the riverbank and smashed by a fallen tree is shown just off Main Street in flood-ravaged Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. Sunday's destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. (AP Photo/David McFadden)
Water moves past a car swept into the riverbank and smashed by a fallen tree is shown just off Main Street in flood-ravaged Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. Sunday’s destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. (AP Photo/David McFadden) (AP/David McFadden)
Family photos rest among debris after flash flooding in Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. Sunday's destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. (AP Photo/David McFadden)
Family photos rest among debris after flash flooding in Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. Sunday’s destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. (AP Photo/David McFadden) (AP/David McFadden)
Destroyed chunks of roadway rest after being washed into a riverbed just off Main Street in flood-ravaged Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. Sunday's destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. (AP Photo/David McFadden)
Destroyed chunks of roadway rest after being washed into a riverbed just off Main Street in flood-ravaged Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. Sunday’s destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. (AP Photo/David McFadden) (AP/David McFadden)
This undated photo provided by Howard County Police Department shows Eddison Alexander Hermond, who police say went missing in the flooding in historic Ellicott City, Md. Police said that Hermond was reported missing to them at 12:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, 2018, but was last seen about 5:20 p.m. Sunday in the area of La Palapa Grill & Cantina. (Howard County Police Department via AP)
This undated photo provided by Howard County Police Department shows Eddison Alexander Hermond, who police say went missing in the flooding in historic Ellicott City, Md. Police said that Hermond was reported missing to them at 12:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, 2018, but was last seen about 5:20 p.m. Sunday in the area of La Palapa Grill & Cantina. (Howard County Police Department via AP) (AP)
Emergency crews inspect an area during in Ellicott City on Sunday, May 27, 2018. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Emergency crews inspect an area during in Ellicott City on Sunday, May 27, 2018. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Debris runs through a car in Ellicott City on Sunday, May 27, 2018 during a flood. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Debris runs through a car in Ellicott City on Sunday, May 27, 2018 during a flood. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Water rushes through Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Water rushes through Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP) (AP/Kenneth K. Lam)
A car is being towed off of Ruxton Road in Towson, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
A car is being towed off of Ruxton Road in Towson, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP) (AP/Jerry Jackson)
A man checks the depth of the water on Circle Drive Ruxton Road in Towson, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
A man checks the depth of the water on Circle Drive Ruxton Road in Towson, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP) (AP/Jerry Jackson)
Flash flooding covers the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Flash flooding covers the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP) (AP/Kenneth K. Lam)
abandoned vehicles in high water in Ellicott City, Maryland
Several abandoned vehicles are enveloped by floodwaters in Ellicott City, Md., on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Howard County officials have advised people to seek higher ground immediately and have warned drivers not to attempt to drive through high water. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A red vehicle abandoned in floodwaters
Floodwaters fill the streets of Ellicott City, Md. on Sunday, May 26, 2018 after more than 7 inches of rain fell over the course of a few hours. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Floodwaters fill the streets of Ellicott City, Md. on Sunday, May 26, 2018 after more than 7 inches of rain fell over the course of a few hours. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Floodwaters fill the streets of Ellicott City, Md. on Sunday, May 26, 2018 after more than 7 inches of rain fell over the course of a few hours. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Flash flooding covers Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Flash flooding covers Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP) (AP/Kenneth K. Lam)
Flash flooding covers the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Flash flooding covers the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP) (AP/Kenneth K. Lam)
A car is being towed off of Ruxton Road in Towson, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
A car is being towed off of Ruxton Road in Towson, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP) (AP/Jerry Jackson)
A man checks the depth of the water on Circle Drive Ruxton Road in Towson, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
A man checks the depth of the water on Circle Drive Ruxton Road in Towson, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP) (AP/Jerry Jackson)
Flood waters ravaged Main Street in Ellicott City on May 27, 2018. (Courtesy Twitter user Max Robinson/@DieRobinsonDie)
Floodwaters surged through Ellicott City, Md. on Sunday, May 27, 2018, a scene Howard County officials said was on-par with deadly flooding that ravished the city in 2016. (Courtesy Twitter user Max Robinson/@DieRobinsonDie) (Courtesy Max Robinson via Twitter)
Maryland Natural Resources police stand by at the courthouse in Ellicott City, Md., with boats and ATVs for any potential water rescues on Sunday, May 27, 2018. (WTOP/Ralph Fox)
Maryland Natural Resources police stand by at the courthouse in Ellicott City, Md., with boats and ATVs for any potential water rescues on Sunday, May 27, 2018. (WTOP/Ralph Fox) (WTOP/Ralph Fox)
A photo from MDOT State Highway Administration's CHART units in Ellicott City. (Courtesy MDOT State Highway Administration)
A photo from MDOT State Highway Administration’s CHART units in Ellicott City. (Courtesy MDOT State Highway Administration) (Courtesy MDOT State Highway Administration)
A photo from MDOT State Highway Administration's CHART units in Ellicott City. (Courtesy MDOT State Highway Administration)
A photo from MDOT State Highway Administration’s CHART units in Ellicott City. (Courtesy MDOT State Highway Administration) (Courtesy MDOT State Highway Administration)
A photo from MDOT State Highway Administration's CHART units in Ellicott City. (Courtesy MDOT State Highway Administration)
A photo from MDOT State Highway Administration’s CHART units in Ellicott City. (Courtesy MDOT State Highway Administration) (Courtesy MDOT State Highway Administration)
Some homes in Ellicott City are built over waterways. This home on Main Street has the Tiber Creek flowing beneath it. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Some homes in Ellicott City are built over waterways. This home on Main Street has the Tiber Creek flowing beneath it. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
An historic mining town, Ellicott City was built along several creeks, streams, and the Patapsco River, which raises its risk of flooding. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
The Valley Mead development is in the midst of a stream restoration project to help the waterway snake through the neighborhood. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
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Tow trucks continue their work to remove the cars left behind as flood survivors ran to higher ground. (EWTOP/Mike Murillo)
Utility crews are also hard at work stabilizing light posts and fixing wires. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A car that was swept into the riverbank rests just off Main Street in flood-ravaged Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. Sunday's destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. (AP Photo/David McFadden)
Residents gather by a bridge to look at cars left crumpled in one of the tributaries of the Patapsco River that burst its banks as it channeled through historic Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., on May 28, 2018.  (AP Photo/David McFadden. file)
Water moves past a car swept into the riverbank and smashed by a fallen tree is shown just off Main Street in flood-ravaged Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. Sunday's destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. (AP Photo/David McFadden)
Family photos rest among debris after flash flooding in Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. Sunday's destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. (AP Photo/David McFadden)
Destroyed chunks of roadway rest after being washed into a riverbed just off Main Street in flood-ravaged Ellicott City, Md., Monday, May 28, 2018. Sunday's destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. (AP Photo/David McFadden)
This undated photo provided by Howard County Police Department shows Eddison Alexander Hermond, who police say went missing in the flooding in historic Ellicott City, Md. Police said that Hermond was reported missing to them at 12:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, 2018, but was last seen about 5:20 p.m. Sunday in the area of La Palapa Grill & Cantina. (Howard County Police Department via AP)
Emergency crews inspect an area during in Ellicott City on Sunday, May 27, 2018. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Debris runs through a car in Ellicott City on Sunday, May 27, 2018 during a flood. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Water rushes through Main Street in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
A car is being towed off of Ruxton Road in Towson, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
A man checks the depth of the water on Circle Drive Ruxton Road in Towson, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Flash flooding covers the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
abandoned vehicles in high water in Ellicott City, Maryland
A red vehicle abandoned in floodwaters
Flash flooding covers Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Flash flooding covers the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Main Streets in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
A car is being towed off of Ruxton Road in Towson, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
A man checks the depth of the water on Circle Drive Ruxton Road in Towson, Md., Sunday, May 27, 2018. Flash flooding and water rescues are being reported in Maryland as heavy rain soaks much of the state. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Flood waters ravaged Main Street in Ellicott City on May 27, 2018. (Courtesy Twitter user Max Robinson/@DieRobinsonDie)
Maryland Natural Resources police stand by at the courthouse in Ellicott City, Md., with boats and ATVs for any potential water rescues on Sunday, May 27, 2018. (WTOP/Ralph Fox)
A photo from MDOT State Highway Administration's CHART units in Ellicott City. (Courtesy MDOT State Highway Administration)
A photo from MDOT State Highway Administration's CHART units in Ellicott City. (Courtesy MDOT State Highway Administration)
A photo from MDOT State Highway Administration's CHART units in Ellicott City. (Courtesy MDOT State Highway Administration)
Some homes in Ellicott City are built over waterways. This home on Main Street has the Tiber Creek flowing beneath it. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)


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