Helms and Sons Excavating has begun river widening work on the north side of the Blanchard River, west of Cory Street. The $6.1 million project will widen the river in Findlay by cutting “benches” into the riverbank for about 3,500 feet between the Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge and Broad Avenue. The benches are meant to increase the river’s capacity. The project is expected to be completed in September 2019. Aside from clearing the Blanchard River floodway of houses and other structures, the river widening is the largest flood-control project in Findlay’s history. (Photo by Randy Roberts / The Courier)