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Memorial Day weekend floods ravage Maryland town

Rescuers work to free people trapped upstairs from a record store during torrential rain that caused flash floods along Main Street May 27, 2018 in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Rescuers work to free people trapped upstairs during torrential rain that caused flash floods along Main Street in Ellicott City, MD.

Flash flooding from a massive rainstorm rushed through Main Street on Sunday in Ellicott City, Md., which was severely ravaged by flood waters just two years ago.

Why it matters: Sunday's and 2016 flooding likely rank as greater than 1-in-1,000 year rainstorms, which means than in any given year there's just a 0.1 percent chance of them occurring, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman explains. By adding more moisture to the air available for storms, climate change is leading to a well-documented uptick in heavy rain events, particularly in the Northeast. Human development patterns are also elevating flood risk in many areas.

Between the lines: Although scientists have not yet examined this particular, localized event, climate change has led to a well-documented uptick in heavy rain events, particularly in the Northeast.

Videos from the scene by The Baltimore Sun's Libby Solomon:

Go deeper: Police are still searching for Eddison Hermond, 39, the Baltimore Sun reports.

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