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High water postpones River Sweep

The annual Kentucky River Clean Sweep previously scheduled for Saturday morning has been postponed because of high water.

Clark County Solid Waste Coordinator Gary Epperson said the high water level would not be safe for volunteers.

“We don’t want anyone to get hurt,” he said.

The River Sweep scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed until a date to be determined! Due to all the rain in the upper river basin the water level and current is above safe boating and working conditions in our cleanup area! This was a joint decision with Clark and Madison County officials! Safety always comes first!

Posted by Gary Epperson on Thursday, June 14, 2018

Epperson, who also serves as Clark County’s Emergency Management Director and CSEPP director, said the high water created a rough current which also swept some of the trash downstream.

The current could be hazardous to operate the boats that were going to be used to ferry volunteers and garbage back and forth across the river.

Epperson said a tentative rescheduled date could be set for July 28, but nothing will be set in stone until the first week of July.

The event typically calls for volunteers from Clark and Madison counties to spend the morning collecting trash that washed up below Lock and Dam 10 at Fort Boonesborough State Park.

Last year, Clark and Madison counties had 86 volunteers and 200 bags of trash collected.

With the rescheduled date, Epperson said he is hoping for the same momentum.

For more information, call 737-0303.