Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 27, 2002) - Governor Parris N. Glendening today announced Board of Public Works approval of a $138,450 grant for Allegany County to continue the Mill Run/Georges Creek Acquisition Project.

"We are taking aggressive, proactive steps to protect Marylanders from the hazards of recurrent flooding," said Governor Glendening. "This funding continues efforts to reduce the frequency of flood damage to property in the floodplains of Mill Run and Georges Creek, thus reducing the emotional and physical pain suffered by the families of the area."

The Mill Run/Georges Creek Acquisition Project includes the purchase and demolition of four flood-prone properties in Allegany County - two located in the town of Westernport and two in the unincorporated community of Rawlings.

Once in county possession, the properties will be razed and the land maintained as open space in perpetuity by Allegany County, restoring the natural and beneficial effects of the area's floodplain. Demolition of the homes is expected to begin next month and be complete by September.

The total cost of the project is $186,400, of which $47,950 is the local share.

State funding for the work comes from the Maryland Department of the Environment's Flood Hazard Mitigation Program.