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Franklin prepares for possible impacts from Cristobal

Closes Franklin Canal Floodgate
Franklin Canal Floodgate
Posted at 12:36 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 13:36:30-04

The City of Franklin is beginning its preparations for the expected arrival of Cristobal Sunday night in Louisiana.

On Friday, June 5, city officials closed the Franklin Canal Floodgate ahead of possible impacts from the storm.

The last time the flood gate was closed was for Hurricane Barry in July 2019.

The city says that the gate was able to hold back Barry's six foot storm surge and is rated to hold back up to a 10 foot storm surge.

Once closed, the Franklin Canal was pumped down in preparation for any potential rise in water levels.

Video of the closure and pumping down process were shared to the city's Facebook page on Friday.

Pumping down of Franklin Canal in preparation for Cristobal

Elsewhere in the city, officials have been working to mitigate possible flooding by cleaning out storm drains.

The city has also advised residents to check their properties for possible debris and to secure items that may become airborne during the storm.

Self-fill sandbag stations were set up on Friday morning at Caffery Park on Barrow Street. It is requested that residents bring their own shovel to fill bags.

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