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Crews clean up debris left on waterfront as river recedes

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Gregory January Gregory January
Olivia Mialback & Barbara Curry Olivia Mialback & Barbara Curry
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – There are less than 30 days till Thunder over Louisville.  The countdown is on, as crews work to clean-up the waterfront. While the Ohio River continues to recede, a big mess is left behind.

The Kentucky Derby Festival says there is no reason to panic, there is still plenty of time until Thunder. They say they work very closely with the Waterfront Development Corporation.

"We pretty much do what mother nature allows us to do," said Gregory January with the Waterfront Development Corporation.

While the weather was beautiful Friday afternoon, the mess left behind on the riverfront was not so appealing. "I think it is going to be a lot of work, I think it is going to be a lot," said Barbara Curry as she walked along the river.

"Typically we will try to remove the debris, the paper, things that are not biodegradable, and we separate that from the wood and put it in the dumpster," said January.

January says with flooding like we've seen, it will take at least a couple of weeks to get it all cleaned up.

Barbara Curry showed her granddaughter, Olivia Mialback- who is visiting from out of town, the place where they usually bike ride.

"This never happens in Arizona, we are not really by any lakes or anything, we don't get much rain so it's weird to see it torn up," said Mialback.

From trash, to logs, to tires, there's no telling what you'll find once river levels return to normal.

"You've got stuff that's been washed up like bottles, Styrofoam, we've even seen dead animals that washed up that have been caught up in the debris," said James Patterson, who visits the waterfront often.

Once crews get all the debris removed, they will come back hose it down, and then if it's needed they will re-seed.

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