6/26/15 – 5:03 A.M.
An area farm family has taken their fight against the flood-mitigation plan for the Blanchard River to the internet. Members of the Wise family recently talked to the Courier about how they are trying to drum up more support for farmers who they believe will be affected by a proposed levee on Findlay’s east side. Carol Wise has produced a video that outlines how her family’s farms could be harmed. She also started a petition on Change.org for people to sign. At last check it has nearly 250 supporters.
Carol’s husband Tom tells the newspaper he doesn’t trust the numbers from the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps’ plan calls for water to rise by an extra tenth-of-a-foot in the area of a County Road 190. Tom also believes land owned by the family on County Road 172 would be affected by induced flooding. The Corps’ numbers show that it wouldn’t.
Andrew Komacki is with the Army Corps of Engineers and watched the video. He told the newspaper many of the claims were very broad. He did challenge three of the claims made though. Komacki said only 200 to 300 acres of farmland would be impacted by the mitigation plan, not 1,000 as claimed in the video. He also added that impact on Bald Eagle nests in the county or area churches has already been examined.
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