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Blanchard River flood study secures more funding

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HANCOCK COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

On a rainy day, flooding is a huge concern around the Blanchard River, but a new source of funding could mean a solution is on the way.

Funding for the Army Corps of Engineers' Blanchard River flood study was at risk, but the Army Corps announced Tuesday its contributing $20,000 so the study can continue.

The study has been ongoing since 2007. Its completion is necessary in order for the area to receive federal funding for flood mitigation. Elected officials were scrambling to get additional funding before September 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Findlay city leaders say the Army Corps' contribution is a step in the right direction.

"We can meet the requirements for additional funding from the Corps, so the $20,000, in essence, could have been a dollar," explained Safety Service Director Paul Schmelzer. "But the fact that that was included means we're eligible for additional Corps funding, which, like I said, could mean millions of dollars towards that study."

Hancock County commissioners estimate they'll need upward of $1.5 million to finish the study.

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