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HANCOCK COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Hancock County needs another $1.5 million for the final
phase of their Blanchard River flood study.
The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that it will take
$100 million to build an infrastructure that would keep the river water out of
residents' yards. Ninety million dollars in federal funding has been allocated
for the project.
The county will soon find out if they will receive the
other $10 million needed, or if they will need to come up with it themselves.
"If that doesn't happen, we have to make a decision
locally, to see if we want to come up with $1.5 million locally," said County
Commissioner Mark Gazarek.
The county already has $8 million in their flood
mitigation account, but they don't want to use that money.
People living in the flood plains say they've had enough
"When are some results going to come from the study?"
Carolyn Moss asked. Moss is still recovering from a 2011 flood that damaged her
Commissioner Gazarek says they are doing the best they
"I hate to tell her to be patient, but there's no way we
can speed the process up," he said.