Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:42:32 GMT — Columbia Parks and Recreation work crews are busy cleaning up the mess left behind by recent flooding and heavy rains.City Foresters said itâ??s been years since theyâ??ve seen this type of damage to their parks and trails system.Heavy volumes of water tore up several sections of Columbiaâ??s MKT Trail and some of low lying parks. The MKT Trail normally doesnâ??t see much damage because it sits on an old elevated railway. Columbia Parks and Recreation work crews are removing mud and debris while repairing parts of trails and parks.Forester Dave Dittmer said, â??When the creeks come out of their banks, they bring a lot of sticks and logs and mud and soot with them. Most of clean-up consists of getting those things off the trails.â??The clean-up process started on Sunday when the flood waters started to recede. Columbia Parks and Recreation crew members said they are working as fast as they can to clean up their parks and trails system. In the meantime, they want trail and park users to be extra careful.Columbiaâ??s trails still have plenty of small ruts and holes where workers have been yet. Hikers need to need to watch their step to prevent ankle injuries. Bikers need to keep a close eye on the trail to prevent tires from crashing into holes.Forester Nick Harper said, â??The trails are a very important part of the town. A lot of people use them to get to and from work. Itâ??s a top priority when these things happen. We need to make sure that we get the stuff cleared off as soon as possible.â??Columbia Parks and Recreation crews hope to finish with their clean-up project by this weekend.Columbia Parks and Recreation work crews want to thank park and trail users for their patience while they clean up and make repairs.
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