1/6/16 – 5:19 A.M.
Ottawa will be focused on flood mitigation in 2016. That was the message during Tuesday’s state of the village address from Mayor Dean Meyer. The Lima News reports Meyer outlined the steps being taken to reduce the impact of high water from the Blanchard River.
Meyer said construction of a diversion channel will start this year. He said the cost of the channel was within the village’s budget based on money received from the state.
Meyer added the eastern embankment of the Road I-9 bridge was lowered in 2015. The goal of that project was to keep the bridge approaches from acting like a dam when the Blanchard River is high.
Meyer also added that Ottawa needed to complete their diversion channel before work on the Findlay channel began. Otherwise high water from the upper portion of the river would reach the lower portion to quickly.
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