Flood plan for Blanchard River announced

First Posted: 11/14/2014

FINDLAY — Efforts to reduce flooding in the Blanchard River received a boost from the nation’s capital today as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a Tentatively Selected Plan for the Blanchard River Flood Risk Management Project during a Friday news conference in Findlay.

The Blanchard River has cause numerous floods in the Findlay and Ottawa regions, with 2007 floods causing a combined $70 million in damages to the two communities.

According to an article from the Findlay Courier, the current plan for Findlay would see a diversion channel built southwest of Findlay, connecting the Blanchard River with Eagle Creek, as well as large levee along the river south of the city’s reservoirs. Putnam County measures include altering the Road I-9 bridge and building a diversion channel northwest of the village.

Area lawmakers welcomed the announcement, optimistic that progress could be made to avert future flooding.

“I am encouraged by the Army Corps’ continued action on the Blanchard River Flood Risk Management Project,” Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) said in a statement.

Both Ohio senators were also pleased with the announcement, both having worked together on securing $1.5 million in March for the Corps to complete its Chief of Engineer’s Report on the project.

“I applaud community members and business partners for advancing this effort and will continue to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to work quickly to advance this project and complete the Chief’s Report,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said in a statement.

“This is about protecting the economic vitality of the local community and it is critical that the Army Corps accelerates progress on a final plan,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) added in a separate statement.

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