In a Tuesday tweet, Howard County Police said they are still awaiting identification of the body. A woman wanted to leave the restaurant to find her cat, and Lopez said Hermond lost his balance as he attempted to help the woman out.
Hermond's friend Joseph Lopez told ABC News that they had been dining at a restaurant in Ellicott City on Sunday when they noticed the parking lot begin to flood. Rescuers are searching for Eddison Alexander Hermond, 39, a Guardsman and Air Force veteran from Severn. Their hope: to pull together as a community again after the second awful flood deluged their downtown in less than two years.
Officials said 30 rescues were carried out into Monday morning, whereby the half-foot of water had receded and residents could survey the damage to their homes and businesses.
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said authorities weren't aware of any fatalities or missing people.
"Thank God for good people who took us in off the streets!"
Flooding is seen in Ellicott City, Maryland, May 27, 2018, in this still image from a video from social media. "And I can't even imagine the loss his family is suffering", said Nicholas Johnson, owner of a store near the spot where Hermond vanished. Aside from the Patapsco River, there are four other smaller waterways running through and around Ellicott City.
The National Weather Service said a flash flood warning has been issued for the area through Sundya evening, calling it an "extremely unsafe situation" and urging motorists not to attempt to navigate flooded roads. On Sunday, the community received some 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) of rain over a six-hour period, but most of it fell during an intense, three-hour period, Muccilli said.
As flash flooding rips through Maryland, knocking down cars and soaking the ground floors of buildings, locals trapped by the deluge have been posting videos and photos of the calamity.
Sunday's flood has been regarded as worse than the one that killed two on July 30, 2016.
Larry Hogan issued the directive around 4:40 p.m. local time as heavy rain pummeled Ellicott City's Main Street.