Looking back: One year since Ellicott City's deadly, destructive flood

Vehicles collide each other on Main Street after Saturday night's flooding in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday, July 31, 2016. Historic, low-lying Ellicott City, Maryland, was ravaged by floodwaters Saturday night, killing a few people and causing devastating damage to homes and businesses, officials said. (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly Ellicott City flood and the community is remembering what it was like.

On Sunday July 30, 2016, heavy rain fell in a very short amount of time causing a massive flood in Ellicott City. Some of the worst flood damage was along Main Street, where some cars were underwater and swept away from the flood waters.

Click here to see aerial photos from the scene of the flooding one year ago.

Two people were killed due to the flash flood.

“We’ve never seen such devastation," Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said at the time. “It looks like a war zone.”

The heavy rain started around 6:45 p.m., and nearly six inches of rain fell within a two-hour period.

Nearby rivers and streams started to quickly rise giving way to the rushing water unleashed upon Main Street. Onlookers took video and pictures of the flood waters.

A few meteorological factors came together to support the heavy rainfall event in Ellicott City. High humidity, southerly winds and a warm front nearby helped the heavy rainfall develop. The high temperature at BWI was 88 degrees on July 30, 2016, and the airport received 1.80 inches of rain.

According to the National Weather Service, this was a rare 1 in 1000 year flood event.

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