Flood Mitigation Group Talks About Options In Putnam County

3/29/19 – 5:11 A.M.

A flood mitigation group wants to increase the Blanchard River’s capacity in Putnam County. The Lima News reports members of Citizens United For A Better Blanchard met with the Putnam County Commissioners Thursday to talk about improvement ideas. Dan Ellerbrock says the goal is to allow for a wider flood plain, which he says would, in turn, create a more uniform flow depth.

Ellerbrock says widening narrow parts of the river would cost around $2.3 million per mile. There are nearly 10 miles of waterway between Glandorf and the Auglaize River.

Citizens United For A Better Blanchard also talked about using cover crops to slow down field runoff into the river.

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