Franklin officials are closing U.S. 31 on the south side of the city due to rising flood waters.

Water was covering the lanes of the highway and forced officials to close the highway, at least temporarily, Franklin Mayor Steve Barnett said about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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The highway is closed at Blue Heron Park, near Greenlawn Cemetery and Franklin Lakes subdivision.

Water was also rising on Jefferson Street, and the city closed portion of the street downtown, Barnett said. The street is closing in the area west of the Johnson County Courthouse to U.S. 31, in front of Paris Tire & Auto Service.

Graham’s Wrecker Service, located just south on Monroe Street and bordering Youngs Creek, was moving equipment due to rising waters, Barnett said.

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at mholtkamp@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2774.