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Maryland Flooding Claims 2 Lives, Strands Scores, Damages Buildings

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Vehicles collide each other on Main Street after Saturday night’s flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland., Sunday, July 31, 2016. (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

By    |   Monday, 01 Aug 2016 01:02 PM

In Maryland, flooding in downtown Ellicott City killed two people and left a path of destruction Saturday evening that WUSA-TV described as worse than "Hurricane Agnes in 1972."

Nearly six inches of rain fell there within a two-hour period, which equals roughly the amount of rain the area normally gets in a month, according to WUSA-TV. The torrent of water swept through the downtown area, washing way some 170 vehicles and substantially damaging 30 buildings, four completely.

The Patapsco River rose 14 feet in 90 minutes during its peak around 9 p.m. Saturday, The Baltimore Sun reported. The rain from the storm swamped the small watershed of the Tiber and Hudson rivers that spills into the Patapsco, Howard County emergency official Ryan Miller told the newspaper.

The overflowing water raged through Main Street downtown after it overflowed its narrow channels, Miller added.

"So much is gone," business owner Kelli Myers told WUSA-TV. "I mean there is nothing left in there it is just washed out so antique dealers have been here for years."

Jessica Watsula, 35, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and Anthony Blevin, 38, of Windsor Mill, Maryland, were identified by Howard and Baltimore counties as the victims who died in the flood, according to The Baltimore Sun. They were both seen in Ellicott City.

Both bodies were found on the Baltimore County side of the Patapsco River, which is adjacent to the city, early Sunday morning, WUSA-TV reported. Watsula's body was found about 2:20 a.m. Sunday near the Ilchester Bridge and Blevins' body was found about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday washed up on shore near Ilchester Road and the Howard County line, according to the television station.

Sara Arditti, owner of Still Life Gallery Find Art & Custom Framing, posted a video on Facebook of men forming a human chain from one of the buildings to rescue a female motorist, according to NBC Washington. Jason Barnes, the owner of All Time Toys, came up with the idea, noted the television station.

The video has been shared on Facebook more than 25,000 times.

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In Maryland, flooding in downtown Ellicott City killed two people and left a path of destruction Saturday evening that WUSA-TV described as worse than "Hurricane Agnes in 1972."
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