Story last updated at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2000
Coal Creek Deadwood Removal Day 2000 is the start of an effort to reduce flooding in the Coal Creek watershed.
The work day, organized by the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation Inc. with assistance from Anderson County, Trout Unlimited, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and watershed residents, will take place from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, June 24.
People interested should meet at 8 a.m. at Briceville Elementary School for assignments. Briceville is about four miles southwest of Lake City off Highway 116.
Volunteers are instructed to work at their assigned locations until noon and then return to the school, where area residents will serve a meal and provide gospel singing.
According to information from organizers, one of the causes of flooding in the Coal Creek watershed is the deadwood and debris that accumulate at bridge piers. During floods, temporary deadwood/debris "dams" form at bridges and restrict water flow.
Anderson County Sheriff's Department work crews and equipment furnished by Road Superintendent Gary Long and volunteers will be used to assist with the removal, but much of the work will require hand labor.
Participants are asked to bring chain saws and protective equipment if they have them. Gloves will be provided. To volunteer or for more details, visit www.coalcreekaml.com or call Carol Moore at 584-0344.