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      Officials tour Blanchard River, discuss flooding issues

      <font size="2">The persistent flooding issues on the Blanchard River prompted Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) to tour the riverâ??s problem areas Wednesday in Findlay with Lt. Col. Karl Jansen of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik.</font>

      FINDLAY - The persistent flooding issues on the Blanchard River prompted Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) to tour the river??s problem areas Wednesday in Findlay with Lt. Col. Karl Jansen of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik.

      Congressman Latta says he want to expedite a Blanchard River flood management study being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

      ??You can look at all these pictures and view the videos and everything, but it??s really important to be on the ground here,?? Congressman Latta said.

      According to the Congressman, officials will decide what actions are needed once the study is complete. The tour drew a crowd of people from the area. Some of them were farmers who say the group should have toured rural Findlay.

      Findlay farmer Frank Niese says officials need to clean out the river more thoroughly before they do anything. He says floods ruined his crops last year and cost him thousands. Niese feels a cleanup would minimize flooding by giving the water more room to flow.

      ??I just don??t think they know any better,?? Niese said. ??They need to get in a canoe and go downstream and talk to some farmers.??

      Findlay mayor Lydia Mihalik says the farmers will benefit from the solution.

      ??This isn??t a Findlay problem or an Ottawa problem,?? Mihalik said. ??It??s a watershed problem. And that includes our friends in the rural areas.??

      Congressman Latta went on to tour Ottawa Wednesday after his stop in Findlay.