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Blanchard River flood study needs more funding

FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The study to prevent flooding of the Blanchard River could be in jeopardy. The Army Corps of Engineers' study is in need of funding.

The study has been ongoing since 2007. The study is necessary to receive federal funding for flood mitigation.

Now, elected officials are scrambling to get additional funding before September 30 – the end of the fiscal year.

The last time the study received money was from the federal fiscal year 2011 budget. The 2012 budget did not have any money earmarked for the study. In order for the study to be eligible for funding for fiscal year 2013, the project has to have received some funding the year before.

"The fact that it's not in the president's budget makes it more difficult, and, therefore, we have to get some money in this year to be able to have a crack at money next year," explained U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

In their meeting Friday, officials from the Army Corps of Engineers projected the remaining cost of the study would only be around $600,000. Portman and Congressman Bob Latta requested that the Corps look into any unspent funds from their 2012 budget, and reprogram that money toward the study.

"We're hoping we get that reprogrammed money in this year, and we can get the study done to actually be able to provide the relief to avoid the flooding," Portman said.

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