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Historic Ellicott City changed from an enchanting town into a horrifying flood scene in a matter of moments as heavy rains created rushing floodwaters several feet high on July 30.

The currents were strong enough to move vehicles like they were Matchbox cars, carry off street signs, and trap pedestrians who were enjoying a Saturday night out in the Howard County, Md., neighborhood.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to PropertyCasualty360.com, and chairs the annual America's Claims Event (ACE), which focuses on providing claims professionals with cutting-edge education and networking opportunities. She covers auto, property & casualty, workers' compensation, fraud, risk and cybersecurity, and is a frequent speaker at insurance industry events. Contact her at [email protected]

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