Stories, photos from hurricanes Floyd, Isabel sought

Published 8:08 am Wednesday, April 6, 2011

To the Editor:

Sometimes bad things happen to good towns.

Hurricane Floyd caused the Blackwater River to flood downtown Franklin in 1999, and then four years later, Hurricane Isabel caused major destruction in residential areas.

These were devastating times. People suffered, businesses and homes had to be rebuilt, but Franklin survived. We must not forget.

I am putting together a book, tentatively titled “You Can’t Drown a Great Town or Blow it Down Either.” I need your readers’ help.

If you were affected by Floyd or Isabel, please write down your story and send it to me.

The goal of the book will be to show that even though things seem bleak or hopeless at the time, people are resilient. People and towns survive. This book will highlight the people of Franklin who survived Floyd and Isabel.

E-mailed stories are preferred and can be sent to, but typed or handwritten ones by mail are acceptable.

If you prefer to be interviewed, that is possible, also.

Good, clear photos are also desired; they will be returned.

Please send your stories and/or photographs to Pam Wiggins, P.O. 773, Franklin, Va., 23851, or call 562-6189 for more information.

Pam Wiggins