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Man dubbed 'hero' in 2016 unsure if he will rebuild after more flooding in Ellicott City

In August 2016, flood waters nearly swept a woman away. Jason Barnes instructed a small group of bystanders to form a human chain by linking hands and together, they pulled 29-year-old Jamie Knight from her car.

ELLICOTT CITY, MD -- A man who started a human chain that saved a woman's life during the 2016 historic flooding in Ellicott City struggled with the strength to rebuild after the city was hit with more floodwaters.

You may remember Jason Barnes and his incredible courage to battle floodwaters to save a woman's life. Now, nearly two years later, the business owner has once again been devastated by catastrophic flooding.

This time, he is unsure if he has the strength to rebuild.

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When Barnes pulled a woman to safety in 2016, he didn't have time to think, he just did. This time is different. It's the thinking that haunts him.

"It was more terrifying than anything I dealt with in [20]16. One of the struggles is if I can even send people back into this town. Anytime it rains they could be trapped or stranded," said Barnes.

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In August 2016, flood waters nearly swept a woman away. Barnes instructed a small group of bystanders to form a human chain by linking hands and together, they pulled 29-year-old Jamie Knight from her car.

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Barnes owns All Time Toys on Main Street. He lost everything in the 2016 flooding, but was able to rebuild thanks to a GoFundMe Page and loans from the state.

This time, he said there will be some hard questions if he will stay or go.

Barnes is not sure when he will be able to get access to his store to see the damage from Sunday's flooding. In 2016, it took several days.

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