At least two people are dead after Ellicott City flooded Saturday night during a severe storm.
The victims -- a man and woman-- were found dead on the Baltimore County side of the Patapsco River after flood waters ripped through the heart of the city.
The victims are Jessica Watsula, 35, of Lebanon, PA 17042; and Joseph Anthony Blevins, 38, of Windsor Mill.
Watsula's body was found about 2:20 a.m. Sunday morning near Ilchester Bridge. Her brother told police that they were visiting Ellicott City with their family when the floods occurred. The passengers got out of the car, and the victim was swept away.
Her family members were transported to an area hospital.
Blevins' body was discovered at about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday when a man walking a trail found the body washed up on shore near Ilchester Road and the Howard County line.
Police say Blevins was in Ellicott City with his girlfriend. The vehicle was swept away with the couple inside but the woman got out of the vehicle and was rescued, but Blevins was swept away.
Police say there are no reports of missing people.
City officials evacuated people from flooded areas of Main Street and took them to a local community center Saturday shortly after water began flooding the area around 9:30 p.m.
Officials say no one is allowed to go to Main Street. Additional police officers will be guarding the area to ensure residents or business owners are not in the area.
Police say the are unsure when the area will be reopened to the public.
Building officials have evaluated around 200 buildings. A preliminary investigation reveals 4 to 5 buildings are destroyed, 5 to 20 are significantly damaged and the remaining suffered some level of damage. They are working to determine the cost.
Economic officials will be working with business owners to help them reopen their businesses.
ORIGINAL STORY, July 30, 10 p.m.: A state of emergency was declared in Ellicott City after major flooding destroyed much of its downtown area -- leaving businesses damaged and cars turned over Saturday evening.
A flash flood warning was issued Saturday for much of the region; alerting residents of dangerous conditions -- but what happened in the historic city wasn't what anyone was expecting.
Around 9:30 p.m., fire crews began conducting water rescues throughout the city after 6 inches of rain fell on the city for two hours, which is equivalent to the county's normal amount of rain for a month, officials said.
Posts on social media sites captured the moments as water rushed through the downtown area, flipping cars over onto their sides and damaging buildings.
Officials say 170 cars were impacted by water and will soon be towed.
Cameras captured the shocked faces of residents who walked through the mud-covered streets shortly after the storm.
Residents say the water was able to reach their waists and many of the cars downtown were covered by the water and in some cases swept away.. According to officials, there were downed trees, lines and people trapped in cars.
If you want to help, you can donate through the American Red Cross or helpellicottcity.com.
Officials ask people to not bring any unsolicited items.