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Historic Ellicott City, in Maryland's Howard County, was severely damaged by a flood on Saturday, July 30. (Paul Gessler)

'We've never seen such devastation': Two killed in Maryland flooding



The severe flash flood that swept through historic Ellicott City, Maryland, claimed the lives of at least two people over the weekend. 

The victims were identified as 35-year-old Jessica Watsula and 38-year-old Joseph Anthony Blevins.

"We've never seen such devastation," Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said. "It looks like a war zone."

According to Baltimore County Police, Watsula's body was found Sunday around 2:20 a.m. Her brother told police that she was visiting Ellicott City when the flash flood happened. He said they were trying to get out of the vehicle when it was swept away. 

The other victim's body was found by a man walking along a trail around 8:30 a.m. Police said Belvins was with his girlfriend at the time of the flooding, but she was able to get out of the vehicle. 

This video shows a group of men forming a human chain to rescue a woman from the flood. 

'We've never seen such devastation': Two killed in Maryland flooding

A total of 80 people had to be rescued from vehicles overnight after approximately 5.9 inches of rain fell between 7 and 9 p.m. 

Sinclair Broadcast Group and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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