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Lake cleanup stalls for holiday

Published 7:29pm Thursday, June 30, 2011

The cleanup of Lake Martin is more than two-thirds of the way complete according to Alabama Emergency Management Agency officials.

Lauree Ashcom, AEMA deputy public information officer, said on Thursday that cleanup crews are making considerable progress in the debris removal caused by the April 27 tornadoes.

“Seventy percent of the total volume of the debris has been removed, and 90 percent of the cleanup of the hazards in navigation areas has been removed,” Ashcom said.

Sara Corbett, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, said the total amount of waste taken from the lake amounts to “just over 9,000 cubic yards.”

Neither authority had information available on which areas crews had already finished working in or which areas are next on the agenda. Ashcom did say that crews are working mostly in highly congested areas.

Corbett said the cleanup effort, which the Corps planned to have “substantially complete” by this weekend, will stop from Friday through Monday and pick back up again on Tuesday, when crews will resume “mop-up” work.

Ashcom said that with all the traffic expected on the lake, officials wanted to stay out of people’s way during the holiday.

Both did urge boaters to use caution this weekend, however, and to stay at least 200 feet away from areas with debris.

A target date for the full completion of the process has not been set.