Ohio gov: Push harder for flood control funding

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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says members of the state's congressional delegation haven't pushed hard enough for federal money to help with flood control along the Blanchard River in northwest Ohio.

The Courier in Findlay (http://bit.ly/12irjce ) reports the former congressman discussed the issue in a Monday meeting with the newspaper. He ordered the head of Ohio's Emergency Management Agency to coach lawmakers who represent the area about getting that funding and pushing it as a priority.

About $3 million is needed to complete flood studies for the Blanchard River, which has had five major floods since 2007. The Army Corps of Engineers' says it doesn't have its share of that, which is about half.

Kasich says lawmakers have to be firmer and more aggressive than simply supporting proposals for flood reduction.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.thecourier.com