Franklin Approves Plan to improve Flood Control

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) – The city of Franklin plans to spend more than $10 million over the next decade on repairs designed to keep its homes and businesses dry.

The projects include replacing or upgrading 50- to 100-year-old sewer lines, replacing bridges and repairing eroded stream banks.

The goal is to keep the city's pipes free of rust or erosion for 100 years. A master plan approved this month lists 12 projects that could total $43 million if all were completed at once.

Mayor Joe McGuinness says the work is “well overdue.”

He says the city could tap stormwater fees and leftover money it received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after a 2008 flood to help cover the costs. State or federal grants also are an option.