By STEVEN T. DENNIS
As library officials in Hancock unveiled their new floodproof home on Friday, the Western Maryland Flood Mitigation Task Force released its final report outlining ways to prevent future flood damage.
The task force, created after two major floods last year, reaffirmed preliminary recommendations that the American Legion Post in Funkstown and a Hancock sewer pumping station be floodproofed and that the Sharpsburg water intake pipe in the Potomac River be relocated to prevent future flood damage.
The report also recommended moving three Hancock Little League ballfields out of the 100-year floodplain.
The task force estimated the cost of floodproofing the Hancock sewer pumping station at $120,000.
Relocating the Sharpsburg water intake pipe was estimated at $400,000.
There was no cost estimate on floodproofing the Funkstown American Legion or moving the Hancock ballfields.
The task force also recommended looking for solutions to backwater flooding in Hancock caused by a dam created by a C&O Canal box culvert where the Little Tonoloway Creek joins the Potomac River.