Red Cross assessing Findlay flood damage

Damage in Findlay caused by last week’s flood most likely won’t qualify for federal disaster relief, but help may come from the state.
Initial damage assessments conducted by the American Red Cross over the weekend list three East High Street residences at 512, 520 and 526 High St. as destroyed. They are all mobile homes. A house at 519 E. High St. had major damage.
At least six other homes were identified as having major damage, including: 532 Cross Ave.; 739 Howard St.; 1421 Morrical Blvd.; 1514 and 1526 West-View Drive; 1915 East-View Drive.
About 100 more homes and businesses sustained minor damage or were affected by the flood in some way.
The Blanchard River at Findlay crested Friday afternoon at 16.5 feet. The river dropped below minor flood stage, which is 11 feet, by Sunday afternoon.
Lee Swisher, Hancock County Emergency Management Agency director, said additional assessment teams from both the city and county will be knocking on doors, trying to establish the extent of the damage.
The state could also send in its own assessment teams in coming days.
Swisher said the threshold for federal aid is at least 12 structures destroyed. He said officials are still trying to determine the requirements for state assistance, and what form of assistance could be available.
Also at issue is whether the flood damage was due to river flooding, water backing up in sewers, or flash flooding, Swisher said, which could all affect whether Findlay and Hancock County will qualify for any outside assistance.

Courier reporter Denise Grant will have more on Tuesday.

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