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.

May 5, 2015 -    

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have submitted the tentatively selected plan to the Maumee Conservancy District.  The plan includes: the modification to the I-9 bridge approach, construction of a diversion channel and nonstructural alternatives which include the buyout of flood prone properties.  The State of Ohio, at the request of Representative Lynn Wachtmann and Senator Cliff Hite granted $8,000,000 toward this project with the funds distributed through the Ohio EMA.  The Conservancy District has submitted to OEMA a request for the remainder of the funds to be encumbered prior to the June 30, 2015 deadline. 


Bockrath Engineering has been contracted to design the bridge approach and AECOM has been contracted to design the diversion channel.   The bridge approach will be ready to go to bid when the hydraulic model is completed.   Once the project goes out to bid, the construction timeline is 60-90 days.  The diversion channel is still being evaluated.  The Basis of Design Report is almost complete and the cost benefit analysis will show if the diversion channel will continue to move forward. 


     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 its infrastructure such as water lines, sewer lines, pump stations, storm sewers and paved roads. 

July 2014 - The following link will take you to FEMA's map search site where you can view the proposed new flood maps for Putnam County, including the Village of Ottawa.  Choose "OHIO" for the state and "PUTNAM" for the county; then click "GET PRELIMINARY FEMA MAPS PRODUCTS."  This will result in a listing of the preliminary flood maps for Putnam County.  The Village of Ottawa will be found on maps ending in 166D, 168D, 169D and 285D.  The downtown and west end areas are located on map 168D.

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.

See this list of addresses in the Village of Ottawa 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.