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Franklin County residents prepare for flooding

People who live along the Elkhorn Creek here in Franklin County say the creek is usually out beyond a wooded area, but with all the recent rain we've been having, the bank has been moving ever closer to houses nearby.

George O'Connell lives along the edges of the Elkhorn Creek here in Franklin County. He says with the water already as high as it is and the heavy rain forecast to fall over the next couple of days, it's time to take precautions.

"We've made preparations and moved out due to the fact that we're on a dead end street, lowest level in the area. With the rainfall projected last night, there's no telling how much we'll end up with," says O'Connell.

O'Connell says he's taking action, but the threat of floods doesn't scare him.

"I'm not nervous, just making preparations for it. Thank goodness this year, I bought flood insurance. We already have some stuff out and we may take more stuff out. You know, we'll just see," he says.

He says dealing with situations like this are just part of living near the water.

"When you live around a creek or river, that's what you're faced with and of course everyone knows that that lives there."

Mr. O'Connell tells me that while he is moving things out of the house just to be safe, he has no plans to leave. He's just going to sit, wait, and see.


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