As he spoke, Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford put a comforting hand on Kittleman's back. She said the staff announced they were closing around 3:45 because of a flood warning.
After floods devastated Ellicott City in 2016, killing two people, it was called a "once in 1,000 years flood".
If you would like to help Ellicott City residents, the Howard County Food Bank will accept donations Monday-Memorial Day-from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. "I do encourage everybody to stay away from Ellicott City, if you're not there". Just to the south of Ellicott City, radar indicated as much as 7 to 8 inches had fallen - which is an incredible amount of rain in such a short amount of time.
Footage of Sunday's flash flooding showed the seething floodwaters engulfing cars and pickup trucks.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency in the flood-stricken area.
Hogan said the order will allow the state to efficiently coordinate support and provide additional help to localities experiencing flooding.
People were evacuated from portions of West End Main Street due to a gas leak; residents were urged to go to The Roger Carter Community Center, at 3000 Milltowne Drive, which was opened up to residents in need of shelter. He said they are facing a similar emergency now.
Mr Hogan warned people to take "extreme caution" and "avoid travelling if possible".
Hogan signed the order while receiving a briefing in Ellicott City from state and local emergency management personnel.
In the 2016 flooding, Joe Blevins, a father of three, was swept away as he climbed with his wife from their flooding auto.
Ellicott City, which is just outside Baltimore, was experiencing "significant" flash flooding, Fox 5 reported. CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues reports that Howard County officials confirm that there is one person missing.
"**FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY** remains in effect for Ellicott City".
For the second time in two years, devastating flash floods plowed through the streets of a Baltimore suburb on Sunday.
Storm Team4's Somara Theodore said that Ellicott City is positioned in a valley between two major streams in the Patapsco River.
"It looked like we were in the Titanic or 'The Poseidon Adventure, '" the bride's father told The Baltimore Sun. No casualties or serious injuries have been reported so far this year.
Some Baltimore County roads were also flooded.
"If you don't have to be outside, you shouldn't be", Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost said in a statement obtained by The Sun. During that flooding, houses along Main Street shook as residents filmed the devastation out their windows. The state will continue to provide all available resources to assist Howard County with their response to this extremely risky and ongoing situation.
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said the damage sustained Sunday is worse than what the city saw in 2016.