After a nine-year endeavor, Baltimore County government is moving forward with its plans to purchase two properties in the Overbrook neighborhood of Towson.

The County Council is scheduled to vote March 15 to purchase the first of the properties. The date for the vote on the purchase of the second property is under negotiation.

The acquisition of the properties, both of which have homes on them, will allow crews to mitigate storm-related flooding along the stream running through the neighborhood and move forward with the Six Bridges Trail, a project connecting a series of small parks throughout East Towson.

The properties sit at the end of the Worthington Road cul-de-sac and are separated from the road by a private bridge across Herring Run, which drains the east side of downtown Towson.

After heavy rainfall, residents say, water from the stream can rise, covering and damaging the bridge, and cutting off their access to the road.

Read full article: Baltimore County government plans to purchase flood-prone properties in Towson – Baltimore Sun