Extra Large Logjam Causing Local Eyesore

By: Randy Yohe Email
By: Randy Yohe Email

There are big trash piles, there are hidden dumps and scattered garbage tossed and strewn throughout our region.

There's also a massive river logjam, but it's not all logs by any means.

After weeks of state and federal planning, crews are building a rock ramp just to get heavy removal equipment out to the trash.

The plan is to haul the trash out to a nearby holding area, separate the wood from plastic and rubber, and isolate and contain any possible toxic material.

“We'll set up liners to store any oil or other hazardous stuff,” Construction Inspector John Sammons said.

Then it's off to a landfill, which leery locals said eliminating the eyesore can't get done quick enough.

Many said there is a serious health hazard in the debris and garbage.

The river rubbish piled up on a temporary bridge was built to help construct a new vehicle bridge to connect the towns of River and Offutt.

It is the longest foot bridge of its kind in the world, made from material from the space shuttle.

Clean up crews said, weather permitting, they'll turn this extra large logjam into a clean river space in about a month.

In the deep pool on the other side of the logjam, fishermen said they're pulling giant bass and catfish out by the boat full.

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