12/30/14 5:30 a.m.
A plan seven years in the making started to take shape this year. As part of our year in review, we look back at the progress made in flood mitigation this year. At a meeting in November, Army Corps Lt. Col. Karl Jansen said the Corps is working toward releasing a project report this spring.
Audio: Karl Jansen
The tentative plan includes a levee south of the Findlay Reservoirs and a large diversion channel on the west side of Hancock County and will cost an estimated $87 million.
Jansen said after the report is released in the spring there will be a series of public meetings for questions and comments, followed by optimization of the project. The goal is to have the feasibility and environmental impact reports by the end of 2015, then a chief’s report to be submitted to Congress in the spring of 2016.
But while some saw the plan as progress, many in the agriculture community saw it as a threat.
Audio: Gary Wilson
Hancock County Farm Bureau President Gary Wilson said the recent meetings with the Corps have been helpful and he is in favor of continuing discussion.
Jansen was invited out to visit farms in the area while in Findlay in November. He said the visit gave him a better understanding of the complexity of the project and the need for more open communication between the Corps and the public.
The Corps’ informational web page on the project can be found here.
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A description of a proposed diversion channel, which would extend from County Road 37 to the Blanchard River near the Litzenberg Memorial Woods.
A description of the proposed levee, which would be located just south of the Findlay reservoirs.
The Army Corps map of the tentative flood control plan.