Weeks after heavy rains, Greeneway still seeing problems

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Working to prevent erosion

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- More rain isn't helping in areas still cleaning up from the daily downpours earlier this month.

One of those areas is the North Augusta Greeneway. All the water is causing steep banks to erode, leaving trees exposed and filling the drainage ditches with dirt.

Now city crews are working to clean it up.

Mike Chavous, foreman for Riverview Park, says, "Every time it rains, we usually come out the next morning after rain. This year it's been pretty bad."

Three times a week he rides down the Greeneway checking for damage. He's been the maintenance foreman in the area for more than six years and says this is the worst he's seen.

"At Riverview Park we've had 39.75 inches since Jan. 1, and June and July this year, we've had right at 22 inches," he said.

Chavous says the trouble started about a month ago, and weeks later, they are still dealing with it.

"We've had, I'd say, probably five, six times the amount of typical summer storm damage." said Carl Waldhauer, the superintendent of Programs and Facilities for the City of North Augusta.

One of the biggest problems is the steep eroding banks that leaves some trees hanging out over the path down below.

Looking at one of the fallen trees, Chavous says, "This is one, I think, of several that our arborist has identified and we will have it taken out by a contractor."

"Some of the washouts in this area are more significant than normal and we're constantly evaluating it," Waldhauer said.

So far, they've removed nine trees and counting.

"There's a couple identified that could potentially cause some issues in the near future that we're gonna have removed here shortly," Waldhauer said.

But the trees aren't the only concern. DOT crews are still working on the area below the I-20 bridge.

A large rain washed away a lot of the dirt. Now they are trying to re-stabilize the area.

"They're gonna put some more fill dirt down in there and put some more riff-raff to kinda stabilize that bank," Waldhauer said.

They say you could see crews out as early as Thursday working on the embankments, drainage ditches and removing those trees.

Hiring contractors to remove the trees so high up on those banks has been one of the biggest costs to the city.

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