Ellicott City Floods: National Guardsman Eddison Hermond Found Dead After He Was Swept Away
Hermond had been missing since Sunday evening.
A National Guardsman who was missing after being swept away by the floodwaters in Ellicott City, Md., has been found dead.
Eddison Hermond’s body was found Tuesday in the Patapsco River, just across the Baltimore County line, the Howard County Police Department said.
A massive rainstorm hit the area Sunday, submerging cars, damaging buildings and putting most of the of the city’s epicenter underwater.
Nearly eight inches of rain fell in eight hours and floodwaters passed 24 feet, reports said.
Hermond was trying to rescue shopkeeper, Kate Bowman, when he was overtaken by the water, reports said. She was trapped in her shop and the water had already risen above her waist, The Baltimore Sun reported.
"I could barely see anything and I could barely hear anything" because of the rushing waters, Bowman, 41, told the paper.
Hermond reportedly stepped over a ledge to try and get to her, "and he was washed away," Bowman said.
"He was trying to save me," Bowman said. "He’s a hero."
Joseph Lopez, Hermond’s friend, noted how quickly the flooding developed.
"The main street became a river in less than 20 minutes," he told ABC News.
Lopez was with Hermond at a restaurant Sunday when the flooding began, he told the station.
Hermond had been a member of the Maryland Army National Guard since 2009. He also served in the Air Force for 10 years.
Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency in Howard County as a result of the devastating floods.
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