Rep. Latta tours Findlay flood damage - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Rep. Latta tours Findlay flood damage

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Vigil planned for 4 boaters lost on fishing trip

    Vigil planned for 4 boaters lost on fishing trip

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:11:33 GMT
    Friends and family are gathering to remember four people who went on a fishing trip and never returned. Amy Santus, 33, and her niece, Paige Widmer, 16, were found dead last week. Bryan Huff and Andrew Rose are still missing. Friends and family will hold a vigil at Turtle Point Marina this Friday in their honor.
    Friends and family are gathering to remember four people who went on a fishing trip and never returned. Amy Santus, 33, and her niece, Paige Widmer, 16, were found dead last week. Bryan Huff and Andrew Rose are still missing. Friends and family will hold a vigil at Turtle Point Marina this Friday in their honor.
  • French Ambassador visits NW Ohio

    French Ambassador visits NW Ohio

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-04-24 02:35:58 GMT
    French Ambassador to the United States, Francois Delattre and Congressman Bob Latta made their way around Northwest Ohio Wednesday, as part of a cultural and diplomatic visit to the area.First Findlay, then the Glass City."We, France, are among the leading foreign investors in Ohio and especially in northwest Ohio," Ambassador Delattre said.France and Ohio have a strong partnership, one Congressman Latta calls meaningful."It's very important, not just because of our cultural ties, but our eco...
    French Ambassador to the United States, Francois Delattre and Congressman Bob Latta made their way around Northwest Ohio Wednesday, as part of a cultural and diplomatic visit to the area.First Findlay, then the Glass City."We, France, are among the leading foreign investors in Ohio and especially in northwest Ohio," Ambassador Delattre said.France and Ohio have a strong partnership, one Congressman Latta calls meaningful."It's very important, not just because of our cultural ties, but our eco...
  • Rossford students get pre-prom reality check on drunk driving

    Rossford students get pre-prom reality check on drunk driving

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:01:54 GMT
    Rossford High School students got a reality check about the dangers of drinking and driving three days before their prom.
    Rossford High School students got a reality check about the dangers of drinking and driving three days before their prom.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • French Ambassador visits NW Ohio

    French Ambassador visits NW Ohio

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-04-24 02:35:58 GMT
    French Ambassador to the United States, Francois Delattre and Congressman Bob Latta made their way around Northwest Ohio Wednesday, as part of a cultural and diplomatic visit to the area.First Findlay, then the Glass City."We, France, are among the leading foreign investors in Ohio and especially in northwest Ohio," Ambassador Delattre said.France and Ohio have a strong partnership, one Congressman Latta calls meaningful."It's very important, not just because of our cultural ties, but our eco...
    French Ambassador to the United States, Francois Delattre and Congressman Bob Latta made their way around Northwest Ohio Wednesday, as part of a cultural and diplomatic visit to the area.First Findlay, then the Glass City."We, France, are among the leading foreign investors in Ohio and especially in northwest Ohio," Ambassador Delattre said.France and Ohio have a strong partnership, one Congressman Latta calls meaningful."It's very important, not just because of our cultural ties, but our eco...
  • Vigil planned for 4 boaters lost on fishing trip

    Vigil planned for 4 boaters lost on fishing trip

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:11:33 GMT
    Friends and family are gathering to remember four people who went on a fishing trip and never returned. Amy Santus, 33, and her niece, Paige Widmer, 16, were found dead last week. Bryan Huff and Andrew Rose are still missing. Friends and family will hold a vigil at Turtle Point Marina this Friday in their honor.
    Friends and family are gathering to remember four people who went on a fishing trip and never returned. Amy Santus, 33, and her niece, Paige Widmer, 16, were found dead last week. Bryan Huff and Andrew Rose are still missing. Friends and family will hold a vigil at Turtle Point Marina this Friday in their honor.
  • Rossford students get pre-prom reality check on drunk driving

    Rossford students get pre-prom reality check on drunk driving

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:01:54 GMT
    Rossford High School students got a reality check about the dangers of drinking and driving three days before their prom.
    Rossford High School students got a reality check about the dangers of drinking and driving three days before their prom.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!