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Local officials heading to D.C. to lobby for flood study funds

Mayor Lydia Mihalik, Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson and Findlay-Hancock County Alliance economic development director Tony Iriti are expected to fly to Washington, D.C. today to lobby the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Congressional members for more flood study funding.

The group hopes to capture $1.5 million of the corps unappropriated balance that has been designated to complete ongoing studies. That amount is what’s needed to finish the corps’ regional flood control study of the Blanchard River and its tributaries, said Mihalik.

Eligibility hinges on certain criteria, particularly economic enhancement, which officials think this study meets, she said.

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