Congressmen to visit Franklin on Tuesday

Published 9:32 pm Monday, October 6, 2008

U.S. Reps. Randy Forbes, R-Va., and John Boozman, R-Ark., will meet Tuesday with city officials and other community leaders to discuss transportation and infrastructure projects in the region, including flood control in the Chowan River Basin.

Boozman is the ranking member of the House transportation subcommittee on water resources and environment. Forbes represents Western Tidewater in the House.

The city will use the opportunity to talk to Boozman about the Chowan River Basin project.

Franklin, Southampton County, Isle of Wight County and other Virginia localities paid for half of a $90,000 Army Corps of Engineers study that will determine where best to put gauges to monitor stream flow, rainfall and water quality on the Blackwater, Nottoway and Meherrin rivers.

Forbes is pushing Congress for funding of a more comprehensive, half-million-dollar study.

The larger study would result in recommendations for solutions to flooding that swamped downtown Franklin in 1999 and 2006.

Among the dignitaries expected to attend Tuesday’s meeting are Del. Roslyn Tyler, D-Surry, and officials from Franklin, Southampton, Isle of Wight, Emporia, Greensville and Sussex, as well as representatives from Gov. Tim Kaine’s and Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-Va.) offices, as well as from the Virginia Department of Emergency Services.

The meeting is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of City Hall.