Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 23, 1998) -- A $39,261 grant to acquire three flood-prone properties in the Hyattsville and Bowie areas of Princes George's County, received State Board of Public Works approval today as part of the Comprehensive Flood Management Grant Program.

These three properties were identified as priorities for acquisition because of repetitive flood losses. Two of the properties are located on 38th Avenue in Hyattsville near where the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River flooded. The property in Bowie is located on Lanham-Severn Road and is near Folly Branch, a tributary of the Patuxent River.

"We are committed to eliminating these flood-ravaged structures," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "They pose a risk to the health and safety of their occupants as well as others downstream."

Prince George's County will demolish the structures and convert them to open space. In addition to the State grant, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will contribute $235,566. Prince George's County will match the State's contribution.

"Prince George's County is pleased to receive this grant which will enable us to acquire three homes in a floodplain area," said Samuel E. Wynkoop, Jr., Director of the Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources. "Our department is committed to providing flood protection for our residents."

Chaired by Governor Glendening, the Board of Public Works also is comprised of Comptroller Robert Swann and Treasurer Richard N. Dixon. The Board is empowered by the General Assembly to approve construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.