Flood-prone river spills over again

Associated Press


Heavy rains swelled rivers across northern Ohio on Friday, flooding streets and sending a few residents of one flood-prone town scurrying yet again.

Business owners in downtown Findlay, where the Blanchard River cuts through, moved their merchandise to higher ground before the river crested Friday. Rising water closed several streets and seeped into low-lying neighborhoods, but the flooding was not causing the same kind of damage as in recent years.

The latest flooding comes as Findlay waits to find out whether the federal government will pay for a study on potential solutions for controlling the frequent floods.

Three members of Congress from Ohio sent a letter this week urging that the project receive funding so that it can continue.

Local officials are willing to pay for half of the $3 million study and want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to cover the other half. A decision on the request is expected in the next few months.

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