Hancock Co. to review flood-control plan for Blanchard River

Hancock Co. to review flood-control plan for Blanchard River

FINDLAY, OH (WTOL) - Hancock County is planning to spend thousands of dollars for a review of a flood-control plan for the Blanchard River.

County commissioners will spend $375,000 on the review to gather updated rainfall models and gather updated aerial topography.

This comes after a summer of heavy flooding in Hancock County.

An engineering firm is proposing a $140 million plan to build three floodwater storage basins in southern Hancock County.

In August, the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District, which is now in charge of the flood mitigation plan, requested the county go over the proposed flood control with updated data.

This is all to see if the new data means any changes to the current plan.

Commissioner Brian Robertson says a lot has changed since the flood mitigation talks began nearly 10 years ago.

"The Midwest alone has seen 33 percent more rainfall in the last decade. So, it's very relevant, very prudent to make sure we get that analysis right," Robinson said. "And then we look at that in terms of how in impacts what some of the potential flood mitigation projects could like and be shaped into."

The county is also looking into elevated roadways to prevent the county being cut in half by flood waters.

There will also be a large scale river maintenance project that Robertson says will be the most aggressive cleanup since 1995.

The company is also proposing the widening of the river in Findlay.

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