March 22, 2013
Army Corps plan simply moves problem
We sit looking at the Blanchard River Watershed Study maps that are on the Army Corps Buffalo Districtís website and wonder how this is helping the flooding problem in Hancock County.
The Flood of 2007 produced 82 billion gallons of water that passed through Findlay according to the Northwest Ohio Flood Mitigation Partnership. If the proposed diversion channel happens, people who have never been flooded before will be. It switches the flooding problem to another area.
Lye Creek and the Blanchard River still flow through town, which means it will still flood. Findlay is built in a low area and water will seek its own level.
If you look at the map, there could be a possibility that the Blanchard River and Lye Creek (east of Findlay) area could receive a huge amount of rain and flood town. Also there is a 1 percent chance of a 2007 flood happening every year.
You are asking rural areas to sacrifice permanently. The Army Corps has stated in the Findlay Courier (Dec. 31) that every $1 spent on the flood project there may be a $2 return. The losses of rural homeowners and agricultural businesses affected have been completely left out.
The Blanchard flooded to the west. It seems to us that one side of the story is being left out. Millions of dollars to flood others is not a solution. Strategically widening and cleaning out the river will help the water get away faster starting at the mouth of the river.
ó Dean and Kay Zeisloft, Findlay