Additional Hydraulic Improvements
Construction anticipated in late 2022 or early 2023
The Additional Hydraulic Improvements Project is focused along the Blanchard River through the downtown Findlay area on the North side of the Blanchard River. It includes widening the floodplain bench between North Cory Street and the CSX Railroad. No bridges will be impacted as part of this project. The work will take place on property previously purchased by the City and County, but additional acquisitions are also needed.
In a 100-year storm, the water surface elevation reduction is projected to be 0.3 ft at Main Street, 0.2’ at Riverside Dam, and gradually decreases to 0.0’ upstream of OH-568. A 0.3’ reduction is observed on Eagle Creek 0.5 miles upstream of its confluence with the Blanchard River. Additional benefit is seen during smaller, more frequent events.
The estimated final cost for this project has not been determined. The funding mechanism for this project has not been finalized but may be covered by a combination of funds from the 0.25% Hancock County sales tax for flood mitigation, grants, and other unidentified sources.