Conservancy group presents plans for project aimed at limiting floods in Findlay

FINDLAY, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Dough Radabaugh isn't holding out hope for one group's plans to limit flooding in Findlay.

"Every time we hear 'heavy showers' we try to watch the weather," said Radabaugh.

The longtime Hancock County resident says he's had multiple homes consumed by floods through the years.

The worst he says he experienced was in 2007 when the Blanchard River filled his home with more than five inches of water.

"After flood insurance it cost me $35,000 out of our pocket," said Radabaugh. "You can't do that more than once in your lifetime."

But a new project spearheaded by the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District aims to reduce the floods.

"It will make a very positive impact on Findlay by reducing the flood plain elevation," said Steve Wilson of the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District

The group presented plans Wednesday that include widening the Blanchard near the city's downtown.

Leaders say the $12 million taxpayer-funded project will reduce the reach of the river by at least eight inches in a flood.

"With this project it will be about 650 properties with the City of Findlay that will be removed from the flood plain," said Wilson.

But Radabaugh is taking that quote with a grain of salt as he feels the work will only benefit a small group of people.

"It will help downtown a little bit, but it won't affect us," said Radabaugh.

Project leaders hope to get started on that river-widening project by late summer. The whole thing is expected to be completed by mid-2019.