In a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), along with U.S. Senators Brown and Portman, urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to include funding for the Blanchard River Flood Risk Management Project (BRFRMP) for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.
“I was pleased that USACE reprogrammed funds for fiscal year 2013; however, going forward it is critical that the Army Corps makes BRFRMP a priority and continues to allocate funding to the project for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. Completion of this project plays a central role to the economic growth of the City of Findlay, the Village of Ottawa and Putnam and Hancock Counties, and I will continue to work with USACE for a timely completion of this project,” said Latta.
“It is crucial that the U.S. Army Corps provides future funding for the Blanchard River Flood Risk Management Project,” Brown said. “Six years after a flood devastated the Findlay and Ottawa communities—resulting in $70 million in damages—resources are still needed for the project’s completion. That is why my Congressional colleagues and I will continue to put pressure on the U.S. Army Corps until this is done,” said Brown.
“Flooding in the Findlay and Ottawa region continues to be both a safety and economic issue, and local residents and businesses need to be assured that they are protected. I continue to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to provide the critical Blanchard River Flood Reduction project the necessary funding to expedite completion of the Chief’s Report,” Portman said.
In July of this year, USACE reprogrammed funding for the project for fiscal year 2013, which assisted with the Chief’s Report, and more importantly ensured that the BRFRMP would be eligible for funding through the continuing resolution for fiscal year 2014.
To view a copy of the letter, click HERE.