Fixes for Flood-Prone Ohio City Could Top $100M, Officials Say

September 30, 2009

Residents of Findlay, Ohio, have been told that stopping persistent flooding could cost more than $100 million.

Officials showed off flood control ideas Sept. 28 in Findlay, a city in northwest Ohio where a river has overflowed its banks at least 10 times in two years. A catastrophic flood in August 2007 was the worst in nearly 100 years.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposes taming the Blanchard River through the use of a diversion channel, combined with floodgates, flood walls and earthen levees.

Tony Iriti, president of the Northwest Ohio Flood Mitigation Partnership, says the plans are a starting point for local officials, who will ultimately decide how much protection is needed and determine the final price tag.

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