Rescue workers investigate damage to Main Street after a tidal wave has raged through the historic city of Ellicott City.
Bowman said she had fled her shop, Clippers Canine Café, with her cat through a window because the rainwater had flooded the area. The water was waist high when Hermond spotted them.
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After a flash flood in Ellicott City, a car flew to the side.
Bowman said the rescue had "nothing to do with her cat."
"He tried to save me," Bowman said. "He is a hero."
Hermond was reported missing at 12.30pm on Monday after officials ransacked the area where he was taken away by floods but could not find the 39-year-old. Dogs were used to search in buildings and vehicles.
"We just throw ideas around," said Beth Czyryca, one of Hermond's friends, the newspaper. "Maybe he's sitting on a tree where nobody can see him, or he's broken both his legs and can not walk, waiting for someone to find him."
She named Hermond the "nicest person in the world". who always had a smile on his face. Czyrca added that she was not surprised that her friend, whom she has known for ten years, was trying to save someone during the torrent.
After the flash flood in Ellicott City, several cars were destroyed and dipped in murky, brown water.
Residents in Ellicott City, about 13 miles west of Baltimore, returned to their shops and homes on Monday to investigate the damage caused by the massive flood. Only hours before, cloudy, brown water had run through the city center, taking everything with him. Videos and photos showed overturned vehicles and rubble that polluted streets and shop fronts. Officials said the weekend flood was "worse than" the July 2016 storm that devastated the city with nearly 66,000 people.
For many, it is the second time that they have been rebuilt after a flood in 2016 that caused millions of damage
"Time to rebuild, that's it," said restaurateur Michel Tersiguel. We have rebuilt the building last time, that has helped … Our plan is as soon as the district lets us in. "
Residents gather on a bridge to look at the cars that collapsed in one of the tributaries of the Patapsco River, which flows down historic Main Street in Ellicott City.
Local officials said recently that 96 percent of the company destroyed during the 2016 floods were back in business and reopening more than 20 new businesses on Main Street. But the rebuilding proved short-lived and made some shopkeepers question if they would do it again.
"We'll see, it takes a lot of money and a lot of time, lots of energy, we just have to judge it," said Nathan Sowers about rebuilding his pizzeria.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.