Flood Mitigation Coalition


As a direct result of the August 2007 flood in the Village of Ottawa, the Blanchard River Flood Mitigation Coalition was formed. This task force was organized to formulate and implement solutions to flooding. A Steering Committee was established to develop a mission and to create additional subcommittees that would work in Preparedness, Recovery, Mitigation and Communications.

Mission Statement

  • Obtain cooperation of FEMA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and State Agencies,
  • Recognize and create a plan that is updated on an annual basis.
  • Secure commitment and continually update Village of Ottawa officials and Council, Putnam County Commissioners and Ottawa Township Trustees.
  • Share plan with all citizens of affected area.
  • Substantially lessen the effects of the 100 year flood
  • To address short and long term mitigation, preparedness, short and long term recovery and communications/public relations.
  • To develop and coordinate an emergency disaster and mitigation plan for floods occurring in the Ottawa, Ohio area that is compatible with the plans of other members of the watersheds in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

The Village of Ottawa is a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) participant. This translates into flood insurance premium savings for residents. As a requirement of NFIP participation, Ottawa enforces a flood ordinance that governs construction in the flood plain. The zoning department can help assess compliance with both the zoning code and the flood ordinance.

Minutes From Meetings

Find minutes from the meeting here.

Flood Mitigation Coalition Documents