Crews Cleaning Up After Recent Flooding

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

There's still a big mess to clean up in Johnson County months after flooding problems. Thursday people from all over the region started cleaning up the trash left behind by the flood waters in one part of the county.

Crews have a big job ahead of them. They had to wait until they had all of the funding to start the project and before they can actually remove all of the trash, they have to stabilize the land to hold all of their heavy equipment. But after waiting two months, the trucks started arriving Thursday afternoon.

The flood waters are long gone, but there's still plenty left behind.

"Been a lot of people come to look, kind of like a tourist spot now," said John Sammons with Highway District 12.

A tourist spot no one wants.

"It's not a good thing for people to see this," Sammons said.

A black eye for the small town called river.

"It's a big eyesore really," said Matthew Castle who lives nearby.

Two months after the trash and debris built up at the bridge during flooding, clean up has begun. Crews estimate it will take at least a month.

"It is impossible to know the depth or how deep the garbage is," Sammons said.

But speed is not their top priority.

"We want to be environmental sensitive to the area, that's our main concern," Sammons said.

The garbage will be divided up into wood, plastic, bottles, and jugs and then thrown away.

"In case we run into any contaminated material, we will properly dispose of that material," Sammons said.

Nearby residents are glad to see it all go.

"That'll be great, there's a lot of positives to that," Castle said.

Clean up crews also hope there's some more positives to come from this mound of garbage. They hope people will see this and stop their trash into rivers, creeks or streams.

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