Ohio Officials to Offer Basic Plan to Reduce Flood Risks

September 16, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says officials studying how to reduce flooding risks and hazards along the Blanchard River in northwest Ohio will present a basic plan to Corps leaders in the coming weeks.

The regional office handling the study says the plan isn’t final and probably will be adjusted. It suggests targeted efforts to decrease risks by diverting water, using a levee and taking steps such as raising structures or possibly buying out landowners in high-risk areas.

Addressing flooding along the river is a top concern in areas where five major floods led to millions of dollars in damage since 2007.

The study is slated to be done in 2016. For the outlined plan to be put into action, federal or local funding would have to be allocated.

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