|Devastating flash flood in Ellicott City, Maryland last night|
The flood killed at least two people and sent dozens of cars floating away. Gushes of water roared through shops and apartment, destroying them.
The floods hit as restaurants and nightspots were filled with people out on a Saturday evening in the historic city, so a lot of people were trapped in cars and buildings.
As in most flash floods, the water arrived instantly, and later at night, it just as instantly retreated, leaving people wandering around the devastated downtown until officials evacuated the area.
In the video below, taken from inside an Ellicott City restaurant, the view out the window escalates as water rises. By the middle of the video, horrified people in the restaurant watch cars sweep away in the torrent, some with people desperately clinging to them.
Here's another view of the flood:
Here's a dramatic rescue of a woman from a car in the raging torrent.
Here's the aftermath, and you can see the damage to ground floor shops and restaurants and art galleries is massive: