U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin on Tuesday praised the work of Ellicott City officials and residents in response to the damaging flood on Saturday.
"Ordinary people helped each other and lives were saved," Cardin said.
The senator joined Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and members of the state Senate and House in a tour of Ellicott City to meet with business owners and residents. Cardin told them he had spoken with Vice President Joe Biden about the flood at a Washington D.C. luncheon earlier in the day.
"The entire country is watching Ellicott City," Cardin said. "This is main street America."
Cardin said Maryland's congressional delegation is united in the effort to secure federal aid money for the town in response to the flash flood that buckled roads, destroyed buildings and sent dozens of cars into the Patapsco River. The Federal Emergency management Agency is working in the area already, he said, and Gov. Larry Hogan's request for aid is being processed.
Work on Tuesday consisted of removing cars from the river and stabilizing local businesses so owners could retrieve personal belongings, Kittleman said.
Kittleman said he has not received additional reports of missing people or serious injuries in the aftermath of the flood. During the event, Jessica Watsula, 35, and Joseph Blevins, 38, were killed.
He said Howard County officials will evaluate storm management in the area, but noted that Ellicott City experienced a "1000-year flood."
No damage estimate has yet been made, and no timeline on repairs has been set, Kittleman said.