Body of missing guardsman found after MD flooding

Body of missing guardsman found after MD flooding
Flash flooding in Ellicott City, Md.
Eddison Alexander Hermond died in Sunday's flood (Source: Howard County Police)
Eddison Alexander Hermond died in Sunday's flood (Source: Howard County Police)

ELLICOTT CITY, MD (WWBT) - The Howard County Police Department in Maryland said Tuesday that the body of a missing guardsman has been found.

Eddison Alexander Hermond, 39, went missing Sunday after 8 inches of rain fell in Maryland, according to NBC Washington.

The flood waters tore through Ellicott City's Main Street.

Hermond's body was found in the Patapsco River.

Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner said told NBC Washington that Hermond, a U.S. Air Force veteran, had been with a group at the La Palapa Grill & Cantina. He said Hermond was trying to help others by holding a door open as floodwaters coursed through the restaurant when a woman approached, needing help.

"He, along with some other folks, went back to assist her and, unfortunately, during that effort they saw him go underwater and not surface," Gardner said.

Crews responded to several rescue calls Sunday evening, and additional crews from Northern Virginia also assisted.

Ellicott City's Main Street was devastated by deadly floods two years ago. Two people died in the floods on July 30, 2016.

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