5/10/16 – 4:52 A.M.
Despite a possible break-up, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to develop a flood mitigation plan for the Blanchard River. The Courier reports representatives for the Corps say that computer modeling of river flooding looks promising. In the meantime local officials are considering going their own way, and not waiting on the Corp’s final report.
Andrew Kornacki is the public affairs chief for the corps’ district office in Buffalo, New York. He tells the newspaper the organization is pushing forward for a plan that would make a diversion channel economically viable. Officials from the Corps have said that major flooding is becoming more common for the Blanchard River. If that information is included in the final report, it could mean a better cost-benefit ratio for the project.
Earlier this year local officials learned the Corps’ report would be delayed by six months to a year. At that point the process of hiring a private engineering company to design mitigation plans began. The goal is to “marry” the diversion channel project with the widening of I-75 in Findlay. The fill material dug up from building the channel could be used for the widening work.
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