On one level, the report of the Western Maryland Flood Mitigation Task Force was a good first step in dealing with weather's ravages in this region. It was welcome because government officials finally rejected the idea that floods are periodic manifestations of nature's fury that humans are powerless to resist.
But having said that, the report released this past Friday provided little hope that there'll be major action on prevention anytime soon. For example, it identified 308 structures that should be removed from the flood plain, at an estimated cost of $13.2 million, but also noted that there's only $2.4 million in state and federal money available for that purpose.
There's more: Presumably because of their water/sewer-related finance problems they face, the Washington County Commissioners said they have no cash for a match. In reply, the task force said that local individuals could contribute the 12.5 percent local match needed to make the buyouts go. That's about as likely as landing a killer whale on light tackle in the Potomac River slackwater.