Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:09:46 GMT — The first day of summer kept city maintenance workers in Downtown Columbia very busy as they battle to keep newly planted flowers fresh and alive.For the past 4 summers, Willy Maxwell has made sure flowers in Downtown Columbia stay healthy and watered. His first crop was ruined by a wet spring that drowned his young plants. Willy has now replanted a new crop for the summer. Now, he predicts very little rain for his flowers and a lot of water from his hose. Getting to the flowers is half the battle.Maxwell said, â??The traffic is the worst part because there is a lot of traffic and not many parking spaces. Sometimes we have to pull up right next to the boxes and we are kind of in the way of the traffic.â??Willy drives around a 525 gallon tank of water to quench the thirst of his flashy flora. When Willy isnâ??t taking care of his flowers, heâ??s taking care of himself. With heat indices around 100 degrees, Willy makes sure he also gets plenty of water. Willy manages to wind up getting a drink of water every 20 minutes to help prevent dehydration and heat stroke.Maxwell said, â??Iâ??ve got to get this hair off of the back of my neck. Every once in a while I squirt my arms off with the water hose.â??Willy gets a lot of feedback from people saying they appreciate his flowers. Willy said heâ??s just trying to make Downtown Columbia and the world a little more beautiful.Columbia has several Adopt-A-Spot sites where you can volunteer to plant and water flowers.
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