Editor’s note: the video below contains graphic language.
Historic Ellicott City, Maryland, was ravaged by a flash flood late Saturday night, destroying much of the picturesque downtown area.
A 35-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man were swept away by the storm, according to officials from Howard and Baltimore counties.
Locals shared images of the sheer devastation left behind by the flood waters:
Old Ellicott city is terrible from the storm http://pic.twitter.com/YYkQgDFTfS
— Ian Jett (@Ian_Jett) July 31, 2016
But if it weren’t for the actions of a few brave people, another woman could have easily lost her life after the flood waters began to force her car down the street.
Sara Arditti’s husband, Dave Dempster, managed to capture an incredible moment in downtown Ellicott City as a woman was trapped in her car by rushing floodwaters.
Local heroes formed a human chain to rescue the woman from the rapidly rising water:
Just as the video begins, Jason Barnes can be seen being swept away by the sheer force of the water. Luckily, he was able to get up almost immediately and lead the human chain to the woman’s car.
Arditti described the heroic moment on her Facebook page:
“Unbelievable video shot by my husband Dave during the flood as he and several other men rescue a woman from her car floating down Main St right in front of our business, Still Life Gallery at about 8:30pm July 30th.
Dave was at the top of the human chain holding the next man’s hand and filming with the other. The man who got washed away was incredibly lucky.”
The two people killed by the storms have yet to be identified. It will be some time until Ellicott City returns to normal after the incredibly destructive storm.
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