DEFIANCE - The power dam owned by the Village of Bryan has been opened to relieve rising waters on the Blanchard River.

Jeff Loehrke, Community Development Director for Ottawa, has indicated he contacted Bryan Village officials and asked to partly open the dam to relieve water on the Auglaize River as the Blanchard River continues to rise. According to Loehrke, this will help in alleviating the water on the Blanchard river.

The Power Dam, located on the Auglaize River in Defiance is used for hydroelectric power and recreation uses.