Update on flood action in Findlay, Ottawa

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The Northwest Ohio Flood Mitigation Partnership said it expects in April to start purchasing some of the most flood-prone properties along the Blanchard River in Findlay and Ottawa.

According to a "status report" on the Partnership's progress, the group expects the state Controlling Board, at its first meeting in March, to release $3 million earmarked in the state's capital budget for this purpose.

"We currently have all the appraisals completed and sent to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for state approval," the Partnership report said. "We have engaged a buyer's agent and should begin to purchase properties by April 2. A local engineering firm has been engaged to manage the demolition process, which will include bidding of projects."

Leigh Esper, the Partnership's administrative assistant, said readying structures for demolition will take more time because of inspections and environmental requirements.

Properties next to each other will be "bundled together" for demolition, with the first buildings expected to come down this summer, Esper said.