"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 while trying to help a woman who had escaped through a window with her cat.
Hermond, who is 6 feet tall with an athletic build, had been visiting a local bar with friends when his day took a turn for the worst, Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner said about the soldier's vanishing.
Residents gather by a bridge to look at cars left crumpled in one of the tributaries of the Patapsco River that burst its banks as it channeled through historic Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland, May 28, 2018.
A auto that was swept into the riverbank rests just off Main Street in flood-ravaged Ellicott City, Maryland, Monday, May 28, 2018. On Tuesday afternoon, searchers found him as they scoured the Patapsco River.
The area received more than eight inches of rain on Sunday, and eyewitness video showed a torrent of brown floodwaters engulf Ellicott City's historic downtown area for the second time in less than two years.
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The Ellicott City Patch reports that several rescue teams from across the state came to the historic mill town to save people trapped in buildings. Their hope: to pull together as a community once again and live up the nickname "Ellicott City Strong", which many locals are now repeating as a sort of mantra.
Simon Cortes, owner of La Palapa Grill & Cantina, said Monday it's "a frightful time", and his business took on about 30 centimetres of water.
Some business owners in centuries-old Ellicott City say they're determined to rebuild from Sunday's flood that raged through downtown streets of quaint shops and historic buildings.
It was the second time within two years that catastrophic flooding caused death in the historic town, located about 12 miles west of Baltimore.
It is really truly devastating and I would say it is as bad or worse than the storm two years ago.
Rescuers had been scouring the area for Hermond in the two days since the flood. At that point, he had not been seen since about 5:20 p.m. Sunday in Ellicott City, when flooding from a massive rainstorm ripped down Main Street. But as much as 500,000 gallons of sewage had already spilled and residents were being told to stay away from the affected area. That assessment work continued Tuesday.