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City of Franklin says they have contained storm surge, despite social media rumors

Posted at 9:38 PM, Jul 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-14 07:17:26-04

FRANKLIN, LA — Sunday morning Franklin city officials assessed the water level by Metal Shark. The city says they will continue to monitor all water levels throughout the city as more potential rain moves throught the area.

"All pumps are manned 24/7 and will continue throughout the duration of Barry's impact on our city," a post stated.

The city of Franklin went to Facebook to clear up rumors about water rushing into the city.

They said that they were alerted about the projected storm surge from Barry. It was expected to come across the Metal Shark property into the field and ditches.

The city and private construction corporations were called to help create an earthen levee to contain this surge in the Charenton Canal. Surge water is flowing into the Yokley Canal, which the pumps will distribute that water away.

"Water IS NOT rushing into Franklin as stated in Social Media rumors. The St. Mary Parish Levee District feels this will be contained in the near future. Please pay attention to local meteorologists as the effects of Hurricane Barry are still upon us throughout the night," they said in a Facebook post.