Severe flooding strikes Balitmore suburb

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Heavy rain and severe flooding makes streets in Ellicott City, Maryland look like a river.
Flooded streets.

Cars submerged in water.

And first responders rushing to save those trapped in their homes.

This is the situation in the Baltimore suburb of Ellicott City, where Maryland governor Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency after a vicious storm lashed the city with flash floods.

SOUNDBITE: MARYLAND GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN, SAYING:

“It’s really, truly devastating. I would say it’s as bad or worse than the storm two years ago.”

In 2016, similar severe flooding sweeped the historic area of Main Street and two people lost their lives.

Dozens of buildings and hundreds of cars were destroyed.

The area was still in the process of rebuilding when waters overtook the city’s roads once again on Sunday.

Local officials say the damage might be even worst this time around.

SOUNDBITE: HOWARD COUNTY EXECUTIVE ALLAN H KITTLEMAN, SAYING:

“I can just 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.”

At the same time, Thousands of residents in Florida evacuated their homes Sunday evening as subtropical storm Alberto raged towards Southern coastal states.

Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of the year, was packing winds near 65 miles per hour and 12 inches of rain.

It’s expected to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle on Monday.

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