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Debris removal ongoing process

Work to remove debris and stabilize local tributaries is progressing even as crews remain surprised by what they happen across in the woods and waterways, say those tasked with overseeing the work.

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Workers clear debris Tuesday from a property behind Brennan and Ludlow roads across from Blue Jacket Park. Removal of downed trees and fallen limbs is being funded by about $1 million in National Emergency Grant funds. EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH

Removal of downed trees and fallen limbs is being funded by close to $1 million in National Emergency Grant funds Logan County received to clean up the mess leftover after strong winds and storms blew through the area last June and July.

Crews have already cleared out a bunch of logs and debris from Blue Jacket Park. Currently, they’re making their way through wooded areas and streams behind Brennan and Ludlow roads. It’s private property, and NEG personnel first have to get permission to go on the private property.

Permission hasn’t been a problem, supervisors said.   

“The property owners have been glad to have the work done,” said Roger Brown, an on-site supervisor for the NEG grant. “They’re glad we’ve come around and can do this at no cost to them.”

Tuesday, work involved removing dead honeysuckle and fallen trees from the stream and its banks. Improving the flow of the creek will reduce flooding, said field supervisor Ken Kindle.

“We’re not removing any live trees,” he said. “Just fallen, dead trees and this evasive honeysuckle.

“Part of our job involves making sure the bank is stabilized, also.”

The crew had to utilize a log skidder just to get back to the creek, Mr. Kindle said. Much of the wood that’s removed will be added to the pile of free wood given away each Friday on the Logan County Fairground behind the Armory.

“Some of this stuff can’t be reused and won’t be given away,” Mr. Kindle said. “That wood will get piled in open areas and become part of wildlife habitat.”  

The plan is for NEG crews to clear tributaries all the way to the Great Miami River watershed.

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