Federal funding in jeopardy for NW Ohio flood control plan

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Federal funding is in jeopardy for a flood control plan in northwest Ohio.

The Blade reports (http://bit.ly/1ssAp5Q ) a review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in recent months has found the project’s cost-benefit ratio to be less than previously projected. Officials say that would make it ineligible for a 65 percent match in federal funds.

The Army Corps is using a new hydraulics model that could increase the cost-benefit ratio and make it eligible for the funds.

Officials have been studying ways to mitigate flood damage in the Findlay area. The project could cost about $80 million and aims to reduce flooding along the Blanchard River.

Controlling flooding along the river is a priority in Findlay, where five major floods have caused millions of dollars in damage since 2007.


Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/