Federal Funding in Jeopardy for NW Ohio Flood Control Plan

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FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) – Federal funding is in jeopardy for a flood control plan in northwest Ohio.

The Blade reports a review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in recent months has found the project’s cost-benefit ratio to be less than previously projected. Officials say that would make it ineligible for a 65 percent match in federal funds.

The Army Corps is using a new hydraulics model that could increase the cost-benefit ratio and make it eligible for the funds.

Officials have been studying ways to mitigate flood damage in the Findlay area. The project could cost about $80 million and aims to reduce flooding along the Blanchard River.

Controlling flooding along the river is a priority in Findlay, where five major floods have caused millions of dollars in damage since 2007.