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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 final phase 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 of residents' yards. Ninety million dollars in federal funding has been allocated for the project.

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

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

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

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

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

Commissioner Gazarek says they are doing the best they can.

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

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