The official website of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

 Please call if you would like a copy of the map depicting the options for the Blanchard Watershed Flood Mitigation Plan.

The Army Corps. of Engineers, Buffalo District 
1776 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207-3199
Telephone:  800-833-6390, Option #3  Fax: 716-879-4225


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers webpage


August 2015 -  Bids were opened by the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District on the I-9 Bridge Reconstruction Project.  The engineer’s estimate was over $800,000 and Anderzack-Pitsen Construction, Inc. from Metamora, Ohio had the low bid of $576,000.  This project will begin soon and may extend through next spring to allow for finish grade and top coating.  Bockrath Engineering has been contracted to design the bridge approach and AECOM has been contracted to design the diversion channel.  

 The Conservancy District - 

has requested the Village of Ottawa enter into a Memorandum of Understanding which stipulates the Village will accept ownership of the diversion channel property as well as the operation and maintenance of the channel after construction.  This request is to eliminate the Conservancy District's need to assess property owners for the operations and maintenance costs.  Construction cost cannot be used for maintenance.  The annual maintenance cost is minimal and will consist of mowing and spraying to keep the channel free of debris.  The Village has signed the agreement feeling the cost of maintenance will be only a fraction of the savings the Village will realize due to the damage caused by flooding events to the infrastructure such as water lines, sewer lines, pump stations, storm sewers and paved roads. 

Updated 10/21/15 -  If you are interested in viewing the proposed flood maps, please visit the Municipal Building during regular office hours - Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 2012 - USGS WaterAlert allows you to receive updates at any of the sites where the USGS collects real-time water information.  Daily or hourly updates are sent via email or text message when the current conditions meet or surpass a threshold of concern that you set.  Go to and choose a State, data type, and site of interest.  If you need assistance please contact the Village offices.  

This list of addresses in the Village of Ottawa will help you to determine if your property lies in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).  Note:  Blue addresses are in zone A [SFHA], Green addresses in zone B and Yellow addresses have letters of map amendment on file at the Village.  This information is provided as a courtesy only, for actual elevations of a property please seek the services of a professional surveyor, engineer, or architect.     See Elevation Certificates on file at the Village.   For detailed information contact the Village at 419.523.5020.

The National Weather Service provides Blanchard River water levels including the predicted levels.

The USGS also provides Blanchard River water levels which are updated every 30 minutes.

The 2015 Flood Information Brochure
Informational Brochure:
When Considering a Home in the Flood Plain
 Emergency information may be available at the Putnam County Office of Public Safety website:

bondpics 013.jpg     The Blanchard River is a tributary of the Auglaize River, approximately 95 mi (153 km) long, in northwestern Ohio. 
It drains a primarily rural farming area in the Lake Erie watershed.
          It rises northwest of Kenton in Hardin County and flows generally north for its first 25 mi (40 km) into eastern Hancock County, where it turns sharply to the west. The river continues west through Findlay and past Ottawa. It joins the Auglaize from the east in western Putnam County approximately 2 mi (3.2 km) north of Cloverdale. The river is named for a French tailor, Jean Jacques Blanchard who settled among the Shawnee Indians along the river in 1769. 
          The Blanchard River is a valuable resource for the Village of Ottawa and serves as a source of water for the Villages of Ottawa, Glandorf, Bluffton, Miller City and portions of Ottawa Township.