On July 30, Ellicott City in Maryland experienced a flash flood of epic proportions. “Witnesses described waters rising several feet in a matter of minutes,” reports Scott Dance in The Baltimore Sun.
Ellicott City's location makes it vulnerable to a flash flood.
Jeff Halverson in The Washington Post pointed out that Ellicott City is highly vulnerable to a flash flood, as it is “an urbanized strip along the bottom of a deep valley through which the Patapsco River flows.”
In fact, the place has experienced some serious flooding throughout the years. One of the more recent ones happened a decade ago — the Great Mid-Atlantic Flood of June 2006.
Weather experts were shocked to note that six and a half inches of rain was dumped on Ellicott City in about two hours that day. This led to a deluge expected to occur only once every thousand years. In fact, the National Weather Service referred to it as “an off-the-charts thousand-year rainfall event.”
Amid the flooding that ensued, there were 120 swift-water rescues, around 170 ruined cars, damaged establishments, and wrecked streets. Two people also lost their lives during the flood.
One woman who got trapped in her car in the middle of the flood could have lost her life, too. Fortunately for her, there were passers-by who didn’t hesitate to help her out. They saw her car floating on Ellicott City’s Main Street and immediately helped her out.
The car was being pushed back by the water.
The passers-by form a human chain.
The woman had been trapped in her car.
A video clip of the daring rescue, which runs for two minutes and 10 seconds, shows how the woman was extracted from her car. It was not an easy thing to do.
The car with the woman trapped inside had been floating along Main Street.
As you can see, the well-meaning passers-by didn’t have any equipment for it. They only had their selflessness and their wits going for them.
The amazing rescue is just one reminder of just how bad it got for Ellicott City residents that fateful night. It’s a story of survival and community spirit that will help them rebuild what they had lost in the flood.
Jamban Cafe In Indonesia Serves Food Out Of Toilet Bowls
Jamban Cafe uses upright toilet bowls as seats and serves food out of squat toilets in its bid to educate people on proper human waste disposal.
Jamban Cafe — a restaurant located in Semarang in the island of Java, Indonesia — stands out because of its unusual theme. The food there is placed in squat toilet bowls. Customers are also made to sit on upright toilet bowls.
That said, it's obviously a restaurant that's an acquired taste. In which case, it's also understandable why some people would stay away from it. It's hard to enjoy food that makes you think of what you normally encounter in toilet bowls.
Upright toilet bowls serve as seats.
Playboy Model Dani Mathers Got Fired For Doing Something Nasty At The Gym
Playboy model Dani Mathers exposed her “mean girl” side when she took photos of a woman changing clothes at the gym and posted them on Snapchat.
Playboy model Dani Mathers became the target of netizens' rage in mid-July because she did something mean to a woman at the gym. The woman in question didn't even know that Mathers had targeted her for a very mean act.
At 29 years old, Mathers is most definitely an adult. However, it seems that her desire to poke fun at someone messed with her judgment, which makes her living proof that maturity does not necessarily come with age.
Dani Mathers' beauty could not make up for her bad behavior.
Two Teen Bullies Brutally Beat Up Defenseless Girls Who Refuse to Fight Back
Violence among girls has escalated, as evidenced in this Facebook video showing two bullies viciously beating up two teens while their friends watch and laugh.
These days, violence among girls has become more common and more disturbing. It's a horrifying trend that occurs in different parts of the world. In most cases, girls fight other girls their age. However, there are also instances when young girls attack adults.
In April this year, 16-year-old Amy Joyner-Francis in Wilmington, Delaware died after she was attacked by a group of girls in the school bathroom. Then, in May, one girl attacked another on the street in Glasgow, Scotland. In June, three young women attacked and robbed a pregnant lady in the suburb of Armadale in Perth, Australia. That same month, two teen girls also kicked and punched a 78-year-old woman Brooklyn, New York.