State of emergency declared in Maryland county after deadly flooding

Published: Jul. 31, 2016 at 6:52 PM EDT
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency in Howard County after deadly flooding Saturday night destroyed homes and businesses.

One person was killed when she was swept away by the flood.

Emergency responders rescued more than 100 people overnight.

Sunday morning, people woke to find streets and hillsides collapsed and their homes and businesses wrecked.

Gov. Hogan came to see the destruction and said the state is prepared to do all it can to restore the community.

“This is my first time actually seeing it firsthand,” he said. “I saw pictures and video. It’s devastating. Just a few moments ago I executed an executive order at the request of the county executive declaring a state of emergency for Howard County ... and we're going to provide as much assistance as we can from all of our state agencies, and hopefully get assistance from the federal government as well.”

As people put their lives back together, Congressman Elijah Cummings said he wants Howard County to feel the support of all levels of government.

“There's going to be a request for federal disaster declaration which will open the door for funds to come from the federal government,” he said. “We are all determined to work together because this is a problem that we want people to understand that their government, local, state and federal, supports them.”