FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) – A proposed ditch plan may be the solution needed for flooding problems in Findlay.
Residents living near the Blanchard River have been subjected to destructive flooding for years.
"Water may or may not come," said Findlay resident James Routson. "It's in the back of your mind all the time."
The Army Corps of Engineers has proposed a plan that could alleviate those worries. They are interested in building a two-stage ditch along Lye Creek that will be used for high water flow and will have grass in the ditch to help improve water quality.
"Those grasses would do some things like possibly use some of the phosphorous that comes in the water," said Phillip Regele, Hancock County Commissioner.
The grass absorption of phosphorous should decrease phosphorous levels in Lake Erie. For local residents, the ditch will help prevent flooding by holding more water and improving drainage time, allowing farmers to work in their fields sooner.
The Army Corps will need to purchase portions of land from current owners in order to make the ditch a reality. Until then, the chance of flooding is still a reality.
"We can't stop it, it's nature's way," Regele said. "It's always going to happen."
Residents can voice their opinions at upcoming meetings in Putnam and Ottawa counties. There will be a meeting at the Hancock County Agriculture Center from 9-11 a.m. on December 12.
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