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30 May, 2018, 19:46
He said Hermond was trying to help others by holding a door open as brown floodwaters coursed through the restaurant when a woman approached, desperately trying to rescue her pet just outside.
Hermond, who is 6 feet tall with an athletic build, had been visiting a local bar with friends when his day took a turn for the worst, Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner said about the soldier's vanishing.
"Witnesses reported that Hermond was attempting to help a woman who had escaped through a window with her cat, when he became swept up in the rushing water", according to a police report.
Hermond joined the Air Force in 1996 and served 10 years as an airman, the Guard's Col. Charles Kohler said.
"We've had areas that were not even damaged at all two years ago terribly damaged this time".
Authorities say investigators have been notified that the body of an adult male has been found by searchers scouring the Patapsco River.
Some people in Ellicott City's historic downtown say they are determined to rebuild after Sunday's devastation. Their hope: to pull together as a community again after the second awful flood deluged their downtown in less than two years.
Simon Cortes, owner of La Palapa Grill & Cantina, said it's "a disgusting time", and his business took on about a foot (30 centimeters) of water. But he says the town has been through it all before, and he'll do his part to spur another revival.
Hermond and his friends went to help, and that's when, they said, he was pulled under and didn't resurface, Gardner added.
Now the locals face yet another massive cleanup, serious economic losses and a daunting comeback.
The main ruptured about 2 miles (3 kilometers) away from downtown Ellicott City, where the historic main street was ravaged by floodwaters for the second time in less than two years. Simon Cortes, the owner of La Palapa, told the Associated Press that Hermond is "a super nice guy" who was always out in the community as it worked to rebuild from prior flooding that killed two people and caused millions of dollars in damage in 2016. "My auto is gone and there's several cars that have gone down the street".
The sewage overflow, which was first noticed early Monday, has been stopped. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said Monday morning that his priorities are finding a missing man and assessing the condition of buildings that house shops, restaurants and families.
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Forecasters said what's left of the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is still capable of causing flash flooding. Alabama Power Co. said about 20,000 homes and businesses were without electricity Tuesday, most in the Birmingham area.
On July 30, 2016 , stormy weather and flash flood warnings struck Ellicott City hard, leading to flooding that killed two people. Mr Kittleman said there have been no reports of injuries but added the situation was still developing and more rain is expected.
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