Flooding a concern around the state


FINDLAY (AP) -- Ohio members of Congress are again urging the Army Corps of Engineers to support federally-funded flood control along the Blanchard River in northwest Ohio.

The Courier reports that senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Bob Latta wrote Thursday to the Corps stressing the economic importance of flood control to the region. They say northwestern Ohio won't be able to reach its full potential as long as the flooding threat remains.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 provided a 10 percent funding increase for the Corps. That included $8 million in unallocated funds for flood control projects and $3.6 million for general flood and storm damage reduction projects.

In northeast Ohio, flooding from ice jams have led to evacuations along the Vermilion River and at least one rescue of a resident in northeast Ohio.

WEWS-TV and WJW-TV in Cleveland report that a homeowner and dog were rescued late Saturday morning by boat after being trapped in their home by flood waters and ice in the city of Vermilion, about 30 miles west of Cleveland.

A police dispatcher said Riverside Drive residents were advised to evacuate, but he knew of no mandatory evacuations. He referred calls for additional information to the fire department, which did not immediately return messages Saturday.

The National Weather Service confirmed there were some evacuations, with the most severe flooding around the mouth of the Vermilion River.

Flood warnings remain in effect for several rivers across northern Ohio.

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