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High water in Franklin generates headaches and heartache


In Johnson County, high water created more of a nuisance for many with high water over the roads and in some basements.  But it was flooding in one local cemetery that generated the most unexpected concern.

"Checking out my mom's grave and hope she's not underwater," said Lisa Sandley.

Sandley was nearly panicked when she learned Greenlawn Cemetery, in Franklin, was flooded.

"It's just bothersome because you think your loved one is underwater,' said Sandley.

"If I can get to that road over there," said Sandley.

Lisa isn't alone. A continuous stream of cars have rolled through looking, checking on loved ones gravesites.

The high water in much of Johnson County overnight and early Sunday morning was the result of swollen creeks.

Youngs Creek is a usual suspect in Franklin often overflowing into town.

"Definitely over the first stair, not sure how high it got," said Diane Strack, owner of Curly Willow Antiques.

Strack owns an antique shop in the heart of downtown that Mother Nature temporarily closed.

"Came in and water sump pump working. Water in basement. But, nothing major. Another couple inches could have been a problem," said Strack.

But, the water was still a problem for those trying to get through Jefferson St. in downtown. It was closed for hours trying to prevent any stranded drivers like this. The occupants of this car got in too deep and had to be rescued.

"Right here! I finally found her--thank goodness hers wasn't underwater," said Sandley.

Back in the cemetery, Lisa found good news.

"Right there by that first tree-that's my grandma and grandpa," said Angie Lusk.

Lusk wasn't so fortunate.

"We just pulled up and I just told my mom she's under water," said Lusk.

Angie and her family didn't know about the flooding. They came for a visit that now won't happen.

"It's just not hard to not be able to go up and talk because that's what you do. You pay your respects," said Lusk.

Instead, she'll pay those respects from a distance and pray the water goes down soon.

Johnson County Emergency Management reported nearly 80 roads countywide with water over them.

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