Projects suggested to safeguard downtown

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In 40 years of business in Franklin, a 5-inch rain had never led to flooding in the downtown wrecker office.

Days before Christmas, Scott Graham, family and employees were moving vehicles to high ground and picking equipment up off the floor as 6 inches of water flooded his towing business. Graham and other downtown business owners are convinced the December flooding wasn’t a fluke. Something has changed in Youngs Creek since the major flood in 2008.

Now they are asking the city to do some maintenance projects in the next six months that could prevent flooding in the low-lying areas of downtown. Most of the projects are simple: keep sticks and debris from clogging up ports under bridges downtown; dig out sand, dirt and muck that has built up around bridges, and repair a storm drain that backs up into downtown when the water level rises.

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