Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 5, 1998) -- A $9,281 grant to acquire a house near Oakland received State Board of Public Works approval today as part of the Comprehensive Flood Management Grant Program. The property, known as the Hudnall property was severely damaged from flooding in 1996.

"We are committed to eliminating flood-ravaged structures like this one," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "They pose to the health and safety to the occupants as well as others downstream.

In addition to the State grant, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is contributing $55,688. Garrett County will demolish the structure and convert the property into open space. It is one of 308 properties designated for acquisition by the Governor's Flood Mitigation Task Force for Western Maryland.

"This partnership of local, state and federal resources is significantly reducing the flooding hazard in Garrett County," said Jon Bradley Frantz, Director of the Garrett County Emergency Management office. "We appreciate the State's strong support for this on-going effort."

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.