Severe weather causes major flooding in Baltimore, Ellicott City

Posted at 3:30 AM, Jul 31, 2016

Heavy rainfall caused major flooding in parts of Maryland Saturday night.

More than five inches of rainfall hit the Ellicott City area, causing several road closures and emergency evacuations. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman declared a state of emergency at 11:59 p.m. Saturday to assist those in need.

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Howard County officials opened the Roger Carter Recreation Center at 3000 Milltowne Drive in Ellicott City as an emergency shelter to help residents affected by flooding. The shelter is available for those who need to shower, use the bathrooms or charge mobile phones. More than 10,000 Howard County residents were without power Saturday night.

Baltimore County Police and Fire crews responded to several water rescues involving vehicles trapped on flooded roads, however no injuries were reported.

In Baltimore City, heavy flooding shut down I-83 between Falls Road and Coldspring Lane. Police said several people were trapped in partially submerged vehicles in the Woodberry area. 

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick and Howard Counties until 4:15 a.m. Sunday.

Officials warn motorists to use alternate routes and to steer clear of standing water.

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