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Blanchard River crests in Findlay

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Hancock County has been working on a plan to mitigate flooding but it’s been a slow process that might have been hampered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Hancock County has been working on a plan to mitigate flooding but it’s been a slow process that might have been hampered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The City of Findlay is also seeing major flooding. The City of Findlay is also seeing major flooding.

For Willa Thomas and her children, a flooded street provides an opportunity to have a little fun, but what’s inside her home is anything but fun.

Thomas has become increasingly frustrated with continued flooding problems.

“It’s been two years since I’ve had to deal with this, but this time it’s bad because it’s still rising in my basement,” said Thomas.

Hancock County has been working on a plan to mitigate flooding but it’s been a slow process that might have been hampered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“It’s a bureaucracy and so we had a federal project and things move at a federal pace and now we have a local/regional project that’s going to be more at the speed of business as we kind of contract with an engineering firm directly,” said Brian Robertson, Hancock County Commissioner.

Robertson says they’ve learned a lot since the first major flood hit nearly ten years Ago.

“Well we’ve learned we’ve got a very resilient community but a community that continues to grow impatient with the ongoing flooding issues. I’m sure as you get out and meet and see the impacts on businesses and residences in our community and even in the ag community with crop loss, it continues to be a point of frustration for our community. It’s a project we have to continue to work towards,” said Robertson.

The City of Findlay is also seeing major flooding.

Main Street was completely closed as flood waters reached their crest Friday.

“I don’t know that we’re going to see the massive amounts of destruction that had happened in 2007 but clearly this particular flood has been a transportation nightmare and has caused some disruption to business and residents alike,” said Lydia Mihalik, mayor of Findlay.

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