9/9/14 – 5:00 A.M.
Leaders at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are close to reviewing a plan to mitigate Blanchard River flooding. The Courier reports a “tentatively-selected plan” will put forward soon. Lt. Col. Karl Jansen is the commander of the Buffalo District and spoke with the newspaper. Jansen says, “the significance of this milestone is that all of the work that has been conducted in the past has resulted in a basic plan that will offer flood-risk reduction, where the benefits are greater than the costs of the project.”
Jansen says there are three main components to the plan. First, it includes a diversion channel that takes water from Eagle Creek and moves it to the Blanchard River downstream of Findlay. Second, there would be a levee running south from the reservoirs to State Route 15, preventing water from jumping the banks of the Blanchard and running to Lye Creek. The plan also calls for buying out property-owners in high risk flood areas.
There was no mention of a water retention area near Camp Berry on Hancock County Road 40.
If Corps leadership approves the plan, it will be presented to the public, state agencies, and independent agencies for further review.
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