Dirt, sand, debris building up under bridges, along creek’s banks

Franklin is considering projects to clean out dirt from underneath bridges and widen banks nearby after a request for help from business owners and residents who were flooded in December.

City officials are considering spending up to $215,000 on work that could help reduce future flooding in the downtown, which could begin as soon as next year.

Water flowed backwards into a downtown drain pipe and dirt that has built up around bridges caused water to rise in Youngs Creek near downtown, according to a study. In December, low areas near South Jackson Street had about 6 inches of standing water.

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