The Southeastern United States is being battered by Subtropical Storm Alberto, and Maryland is recovering from its second “once-in-a-thousand-year” flood in, well, two years.
Sadly, journalists Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer of NBC affiliate WYFF were killed Monday when a tree fell on their news truck as they covered Alberto’s landfall.
In Maryland, more than eight inches of rain pelted Ellicott City over the weekend, flooding Main Street and causing extensive damage.
Army National Guard Sgt. Eddison Hermond’s body was found late yesterday in the Patapsco River, just east of Ellicott City.
Rescuers had been searching for the 39-year-old man since Sunday evening.
Extreme weather events like the “once-in-a-thousand-years” floods that have occurred each year for the past two years in Maryland have been attributed by scientists to the effects of climate change.
In that vein, residents of Ellicott City have said that this year’s flooding was even worse than the last time.
“There are a lot of people whose lives are going to be devastated again, and they’ve been working so hard to come back. I can’t imagine what they’re going through. I couldn’t imagine what they went through two years ago, and now it’s even worse.” — Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman
Water levels reached as high as the second floor in some buildings, though the flooding itself only lasted for a few hours.
According to Meterologist Brian Lada, the area received two month’s worth of rain in just two hours.
As the president of the United States continues to double-down on his anti-immigrant policies, he may need to begin considering the demand for refugee resettlement within his own country as the threat of climate-induced disaster increases.
First, of course, he would have to acknowledge that climate change is real.
Better not hold your breath.