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MWCD Looks At Flood Of 1913 And Shelby's Flooding Issues

Story By: Brigitte Coles

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 3/26/2013

 The Muskingham Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) provided an update Monday on the Black Fork Subdistrict to the Shelby Flood Plain Commission and city officials.
 

District chief engineer Boris Slogar presented the update and also recognized the 100th anniversary of the flood of 1913 which was the state's greatest weather disaster.

The presentation covered the massive of flood of 1913 that stretched from Arkansas to Upstate New York and the current flooding issues that have impacted Shelby. The Great Flood of 1913 destroyed more than 40,000 homes and claimed the lives of 467 people.

Slogar said the district is working with Shelby to find a solution to the flooding.

The Blackfork of the Mohican River runs through the center of Shelby and is joined by two tributaries just upstream of the downtown area. Shelby was hit by a major flood in 2009.

In 2011, Shelby officials contacted the Muskingham Watershed Conservancy District to help find a solution to the flooding probelm.

In June 2011, the Blackfork Subdistrict of WMCD was reactivated to investigate flooding.

The Black Fork Subdistrict has entered into a contract with the Ohio Water Science Center to develop a series of solutions. The contract includes placing gages and other measuring devices in Blackfork and its tributaries to measure flow characteristics, install a rain gage to improve storm tracking in the region and create a computer model of the Blackfork and appropriate tributaries.

"The United States Geological Survey is working on modeling the Blackfork through Shelby and its tributaries. The model will be used to help us understand charateristics of the flooding here in the Blackfork and help us come up with solutions that will work," Solgar said.

The district received a loan of more than $1.5 million from the Ohio Water Development Authority to fund the modeling project.
 

Solgar also talked about a successful project that resolved the flooding issues for the Chippewa Subdistrict of the Muskingham Conservancy District.

"Chippewa was experiencing a very similar situation like Shelby. The solution there was to build a series of small embankments a total of eight. The result has been a significant reduction of flooding in that area," Solgar said.

Solgar said once the models are completed Shelby residents must decide which plan to move forward with.
He said if the plan is rejected the city will not have to pay the cost for the model that was developed.

The MWCD was created in 1933 it manages 54,000 acres for public use, 16,000 acres of water surface at 10 lakes and 38,000 acres of land.

To date the system has prevented more than $10 billion in potential property damage.

   
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