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Due to Governor Northam's current order for Virginia to be in Stage 3 of COVID-19 recovery, City of Franklin city hall is now open to the public with social distancing and masks required. Please reserve the hours between 8:30am to 9:30am for those citizens over the age of 65 and those with compromised immune systems.

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