Franklin moving forward after flooding

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 3:12pm

Franklin was a scene filled with a wide range of emotions Monday morning.

On one corner, wide-eyed children wearing bathing suits walked with their parents and soaked in all that they saw. They will no doubt share those thoughts decades from now with their children.

One street over, on another corner, a helpless resident stood in front of her truck looking at a road rendered impassable because it was under a few feet of water. She declined to give her name, but stated on the other side of the divide and down the bend was her home, also under water.

Meanwhile, some semblance of normalcy was already creeping back.

Dotson's Restaurant, a Franklin landmark, was doing brisk business despite the fact that you couldn’t access it from Franklin Road driving north because the bridge over the Harpeth River was still closed due to high water.

An elderly census worker roamed from house to house, knocking on doors almost doing double duty. He was checking on residents while asking those who had yet to fill out the forms to take a moment with him to complete one.

Other government officials were out as well, both protecting the community and evaluating the damage.

Pinkerton Park, which is on Highway 96 and hugs the Harpeth River next to downtown Franklin was completely underwater. From the road you could see the top of a car bobbing behind some trees where normally people take their morning jogs.

While an elementary school aged boy by the name of Rivers Prather had his fishing pole with him and cast a line into the park under the watchful eye of his mother, Shirley Logan, two teenaged boys swam out to a picnic table that sat like an island a few hundred yards away.

No sooner had they reached their destination when a Franklin Police Officer drove up, beckoned them back to the road, and then chastised them for swimming in such a dangerous location. When the officer learned that neither boy had any form of identification on them, she took them to task in a way only law enforcement can.

Employees of the Williamson County Property Assessor's office were also making rounds, taking photos of damaged homes and roads and advising residents that if they were flooded to begin making claims with the county.

One of the harder hit communities in the downtown Franklin area is Ewingville Drive, which for the most part is impossible to reach at the moment.

Harry Tiffany, now a resident of Blue Grass Drive, which is a block over, pointed to the home he lived in just 8 months ago on Ewingville. The waterline reached the second story of the home, completely flooding the downstairs apartment that Tiffany had lived in.

He said that the people who owned the home had been evacuated by canoe during the storm but had left their truck on what they thought was high ground in their backyard. It wasn't high enough and is still mostly submerged.

Jean Lehenbauer, a Franklin resident in her 70s, said she had lived in the same home with her husband Bill for the past 36 years on Blue Grass Drive. The basement apartment her son is living in was flooded, but she said she knew that others got hit much worse than her family did.

"I told my husband this morning if we ever move we are going to make sure that it is 10 miles from a river," she said.

No doubt others are thinking the same thing.

1 Comment on this post:

By: govskeptic on 5/4/10 at 6:18

Only in Franklin/Brentwood would the Police be checking ID's
of teenagers and others at this time. With a 90 million dollar
headquarters I'm surprised they were making sure it wasn't
getting a drop of water inside the palace.