Franklin developing plan to combat flooding

FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) — The rainy Wednesday put homeowners on high alert in Franklin, worried about water seeping into their homes.

Many neighbors say every time a heavy rain rolls through the city, water gets inside their basements or crawlspaces. People in Franklin are no strangers to flooding. In 2008, massive floods nearly put the entire city under water. Since the 2008 floods, no one has come up with a strategy to keep the severe flooding from happening again.

Travis Underhill, Franklin’s city engineer says he’s constantly receiving complaints about water issues throughout the city.

“It is a constant concern that we do hear about. There are issues all over the entire city from a storm water drainage standpoint,” said Underhill.

The Johnson County Museum of History constantly has buckets and sandbags sitting the basement, to catch the water that’s sure to get inside. Many residents around Franklin also have sandbags set up around their homes. Now, the city of Franklin is working on a storm water plan to solve the flooding issues. The city is asking the public for input about what areas need the most help.

“I want to hear anything from you if you have a ponding issue in the back yard of your house, if you have a river running down the street after a major rain event,” said Underhill.

The city has already installed a new storm water main, and construction on the second phase of the project is underway. Several neighbors report seeing a difference, but they say there’s still a long way to go. Underhill says he wants to hear about any water issues people are facing, big or small.

“Some of those smaller things like ponding in the back yard are the types of things that could be resolved when we fix the larger items. Some of the smaller items can also be an indicator of a larger item,” said Underhill.

Franklin will host a public meeting on Wednesday, June 11th in the city council chambers at 6:30pm. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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