Howard County officials released a handful of 911 calls from Sunday's devastating flooding in Ellicott City, offering insight into the fear faced by those trapped in the flood as well as the efforts by operators to keep them calm.
One woman called to report dozens of people trapped in an upper floor of Tea on the Tiber as floodwaters rose.
“Try to get people as high a ground as you can inside, all right?” the operator instructed the woman. The operator promised that help would get there as soon as possible.
“Are we going to die, ma’am?” the nervous caller asked.
A male caller calmly reported that he had 250 people inside the restaurant. He said he wanted to give authorities a head’s up about how many people were there. “I know this is going to be crazy,” he said.