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Hancock County to start Blanchard River cleanup

West Point Park during a recent flood. West Point Park during a recent flood.
HANCOCK COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Since 2007, the Army Corps of Engineers has been looking into the Blanchard River flooding problem. Now local officials are working together to make a difference while they wait for results.

The Blanchard River Stream Enhancement program was established in 1994 by the six counties through which the river flows. Now the Hancock County Commissioners are planning to utilize that project to begin cleaning the river.

Officials want to put county dollars to work to show the community that they are being proactive to the river and flood mitigation.

Along with cleaning up the river, multiple vacant buildings in downtown Findlay along the riverfront will be demolished.

Hancock County's portion of the cleanup will cost between $700,000 and $1 million. It will be paid through their flood mitigation funds.

Officials say the community is getting frustrated with the lack of progress with the flooding, so they are doing what they can while waiting for the Army Corps results.

"Whether you're rural or urban, everybody would like to see some action around flood mitigation," said Commissioner Brian Robertson. "For these last six years, we've studied it and studied it, and this is a fundamental step we need to be taking…And it's something our community will be able to see."

Cleanup work should begin by this summer, and the buildings along the river should be fully demolished by fall.

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