VA homes damaged by flood

Homes and business in Franklin, Va., have been damaged by flooding as the Blackwater River flowed over its banks on Tuesday.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | October 10, 2006


Homes and business in Franklin, Va., have been damaged by flooding as the Blackwater River flowed over its banks on Tuesday.

At least 70 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas.

About 65 businesses and 15 homes sustained damage, according to preliminary reports from local emergency managers.

Downtown Franklin has been closed since Monday, and further assessments cannot be made until the water recedes sometime Wednesday. A potentially flammable fuel spill - 11,000 gallons of gasoline and 1,000 gallons of kerosene - caused by the flood has added to the hazard.

The river was swollen by heavy rainfall over the weekend. It crested at 22.8 feet - a near record level on Tuesday. The river has not been this high since Hurricane Floyd hit the area in September 1999, causing the river to crest at 26.4 feet, destroying virtually every building in downtown Franklin and at least 100 homes. A buyout after Floyd has prevented further flood damage this time around, said local officials.

Franklin is in southeastern Virginia. Gov. Timothy Kaine declared a state of emergency statewide.


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