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Weather postpones Brazos River cleanup in Waco

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Posted at 5:07 PM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 21:07:18-04

Recent rainfall and flooding of the Brazos River postponed a cleanup Keep Waco Beautiful had planned for last month.

KWB Executive Director Ashley Millerd said the riverwalk being closed and the current river conditions prevented the event to happen. 

Currently, styrofoam cups, plastic bottles and other trash is visible on the banks of the stream. 

"What happens when we get a huge downfall of rain, a lot of the trash that is in the storm drain. People don't realize it goes to the Brazos river," Millerd said.

In previous river clean ups, volunteers have found unusual items.

"We pulled out some boat gear before. Trash cans, shopping carts, even camping supplies. You name it," Millerd said.

Millerd added is important to keep the river clean to prevent from trash ending in the ocean.

"It would essentially hurt us in the long run," Miller said.

The next clean up is scheduled for January but the group hopes it can host another river clean up before then, which would happen once the water recedes.

Temple Resident Ray Hamilton who was fishing at the Brazos River on Friday hopes volunteers can help pick up trash when the water goes down.

"The river is here for everybody to enjoy," Hamilton said.

There will be a cleanup for District 1 on November 10th. Volunteers with KWB will help those who are not able to move bulky waste items and brush to the curb on Nov. 8 and 9 before the event takes place. 

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