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Mayor seeks Flat Run flooding resolution

Richard Fulton

(1/24) Emmitsburg Mayor Donald Briggs is hopeful that something can be done to help prevent continuous flooding problems sometimes caused by Flat Run.

Briggs said there have been notable flooding incidences along the creek over the past ten years, and that he and town staff will be meeting with state officials to determine a course of action, and to see if any funding assistance can be had.

Briggs said a number of problems occur in association with flooding events, including the blockage of access to North Gate, around DePaul Street, and at Emmit Gardens.

A meeting was planned with the state Department of Natural Resources in January sometime after the deadline for this issue of the News-Journal.

In a related story, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved January 8 the usage of Program Open Space funds from Carroll and Frederick counties to purchase 7.232 acres of land adjacent to the Monocacy River to provide a future developed access point for canoes and kayaks.

The proposed site is located on the western side of the Monocacy Scenic River at the state Route 140 bridge.

"This unique partnership between counties will result in an expansion of existing water trails and recreational benefits to residents of both counties," the Frederick County Division of Parks and Recreation reported.

The property acquisition process is anticipated to be completed within the next month.

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