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Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Northam announced on Monday 3/24/20 that all Virginia schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year which includes Franklin City Public Schools. Also, all city buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. Governor Northam announced today, March 30,2020, a stay at home order for Virginia residents effective immediately..

Protecting Floodplain Resources

Floodplains are lands susceptible to being inundated by floodwaters from any source. In the City of Franklin, the floodplains include much of the eastern portion of the City adjacent to the Blackwater River. Wise land use in floodplains can save lives and property. The environmental benefits of restored floodplains include cleaner water in local creeks and rivers and better habitat for wildlife. Green space along the Blackwater River and its tributaries can provide places for recreation and enjoying nature.

The City of Franklin encourages citizens to keep stormwater inlets, ditches, and natural watercourses free of trash, landscape debris, or other materials to ensure our drainage channels are free of obstruction to reduce flooding potential in the event of heavy rains. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Environmental Services Division at 757-562-4515 to report obstructions like shopping carts, debris, or trash.

Natural Functions of Floodplains

Protecting Floodplain Resources