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Crews begin clearing obstruction from Blanchard River

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HANCOCK COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Hancock County is a step closer to finding a solution for its flooding problems as another big step in the Blanchard River flood study is underway.

County commissioners say it's likely that hundreds of trees have fallen into the river, and in order to fix flooding, you first have to clear out the obstacles.

On Wednesday, local leaders began the Blanchard River enhancement process, where crews clear out some of the objects preventing the river from flowing freely, leading to major flooding issues.

Phase two of the flood study is underway, starting in Putnam County and moving upstream.

"Most of that's going to be just cleaning out debris in the river – log jams, falling trees, things like that," said Commissioner Mark Gazarek. "We're not going to dredge the river. We can't dredge the river, per the EPA, so this is just a process that's going to take several months."

Phase two should be completed in the next 4-6 weeks. Phase three will be environmental studies, expected to wrap up in the next year.

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