Feds say flood control in NW Ohio could cost $150M

OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) — Federal officials say flood control for the Blanchard River could cost up to $150 million or more and include replacement of two key bridges in the northwest Ohio area.

Flood prevention is a top priority along the river where there have been five major floods since 2007 causing millions of dollars in damage. The Courier in Findlay reports (http://bit.ly/SOupg ) the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented tentative ideas for lessening severe flooding at a public meeting Monday in Ottawa. More meetings will be held this week in Ottawa and Findlay.

Officials say their tentative proposals would not eliminate severe flooding in the area but would decrease floodwater levels during the worst flooding.

The corps won't officially endorse any of the ideas without more environmental review and public comment.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.thecourier.com

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