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Hancock County waiting on funds for flood study

HANCOCK COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Hancock County needs another $1.5 million for the finalphase of their Blanchard River flood study.

The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that it will take$100 million to build an infrastructure that would keep the river water out ofresidents' yards. Ninety million dollars in federal funding has been allocatedfor the project.

The county will soon find out if they will receive theother $10 million needed, or if they will need to come up with it themselves.

"If that doesn't happen, we have to make a decisionlocally, to see if we want to come up with $1.5 million locally," said CountyCommissioner Mark Gazarek.

The county already has $8 million in their floodmitigation account, but they don't want to use that money.

People living in the flood plains say they've had enoughpolitics.

"When are some results going to come from the study?"Carolyn Moss asked. Moss is still recovering from a 2011 flood that damaged herbasement.

Commissioner Gazarek says they are doing the best theycan.

"I hate to tell her to be patient, but there's no way wecan speed the process up," he said.

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