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Rep. Latta tours Findlay flood damage

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Findlay residents are getting ready to clean up as flood waters begin receding in our area. City officials met Friday night with Congressman Bob Latta to talk about the progress looking for a solution to the city's chronic flooding.

A study on the Blanchard River has been ongoing since Findlay experienced devastating floods years ago. Congressman Bob Latta traveled from Washington DC to see the damage from the latest round of high water. He says he's pushing for funding that's still needed to complete a flood prevention project.

The congressman met with Findlay's mayor and county commissioner Friday to talk about the latest flooding. Latta surveyed some of the hardest hit areas, like the intersection at East Main Cross and South Blanchard.

Mayor Lydia Mihalik says crews will be busy all weekend.

"We're going to have to be out removing barricades and cleaning up streets," she says. "We'll probably be working throughout the weekend and doing what we need to do to just get things back to normal in the flag city."

Constant flooding has not only impacted homeowners but the also economic activity in the community. That's why city leaders are pushing for solutions to the Blanchard's issues.

"We should have the actual plan for our flood mitigation project by mid-summer," says County Commissioner Brian Robertson. He says the report will complete Phase Two of the project, but funding is still in question.

"Most recently the controversy has revolved around funding for the Phase Three portion, where we are expecting a $1.5 million match, which the Army Corps indicated is not going to happen, because we weren't funded in 2012," says Roberston.

Now Latta is in talks with both Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, trying to secure other avenues for that funding.

"I want to be able to go back to DC this week, after the weekend, tell them what I've seen," says Latta. "Get a lot of the photographs and say ‘Look we've got to get this report done, because we've been seeing this. These floods come more frequently, and we want to get it solved."

Now that the river is slowly receding, the flood assistance center is closed.

The mayor says, although the hotline is no longer manned, they will keep updated messages on the line for residents who want river updates. That number is 419-424-7000.

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