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"Findlay Floods" documents stories of flood victims

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Earlier this year, the waters from the Blanchard River rose and caused flooding throughout the City of Findlay, affecting all kinds of different people. Earlier this year, the waters from the Blanchard River rose and caused flooding throughout the City of Findlay, affecting all kinds of different people.

Earlier this year, the waters from the Blanchard River rose and caused flooding throughout the City of Findlay, affecting all kinds of different people.  Now, several months later, an effort is being made to document how those people went through the flood.

"Findlay Floods" is a project that is being done between the University of Findlay, the Hancock County Historical Museum, and the Center for Storytelling and Participatory Media, and focuses on the victim stories of any flood that has happened in Findlay over the years.  It all started from a project done by a Findlay alum.

"We had a previous student that is an alumni now, Sarah Stubbs, who created a really great project to create this narrative of the stories and added context to what was going on, and we wanted to add to that and get more involvement from the community, continue that narrative, and continuing archiving digitally the stories," said Jacob King, a Senior Public Relations/Spanish Major at the University of Findlay.

Some that participated in the project told stories of how loved ones were affected.  That's a chance to keep their family's memories alive through storytelling.

"I think that maybe their story was a little bit different from some of the things that people probably didn’t know; that this cousin passed away of diphtheria and she was not allowed to be buried because the cemetery was underwater, so that was kind of stressful for that family," said Mary Cain.  "I just thought it was an interesting fact that maybe somebody hadn't thought of."

Through documenting these stories, the students that helped to organize the event hope that some understanding can be made between people from different backgrounds.

"We definitely want to spark interest, but on top of that, we we also want to kind of an empathy with both sides, because both rural and urban are affected, but maybe this could be a way where they can look at each other and see how both of them are being affected, and just have a little more compassion for one another, and also more understanding about this issue and how it affects everyone in this community," said King.

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