Greeneway damaged after heavy rain floods paths

By: Patrick Price Email
By: Patrick Price Email
The rain is gone for now but damage is still being found from last weeks wet weather. Downed trees and much more were seen by runners who are now questioning if the Greeneway is safe.

Greeneway damage from first week of June, 2013 rains.

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Saturday, June 8, 2013

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) - The rain is gone for now, but damage is still being found from last week's wet weather.

"Those trees are down, there's a big difference," said Julie Roberts who walks the Greeneway.

She and her family are used to seeing something much different.

"It was simply gorgeous last Saturday when we were out here walking the Greeneway," she said.

One week and more than 8 inches of rain later, the Greeneway isn't what it was.

"You're just looking and you're amazed at what a simple rain storm has brought up through," she told News 12.

The walls of the trail rise up 20 or so feet, but with this week's rain, it caused those walls to fall, even bringing down trees that snapped in half.

"It can actually be a safety hazard for anyone who walks or rides a bike," Roberts said.

The trees hang over the path while everyone passes under.

Walkers and runners say it could have been worse.

"It could actually block us, it could block is from walking down here or riding down here," said Gail Wren, another walker at the Greeneway.

She walks here a few times a week and says this area really is a problem.

"Somebody needs to investigate this particular area right here because this is kind of on the dangerous side and it is kind of away from, it's kind of secluded," Wren said.

The City of Augusta told News 12 they come out often to make sure the paths are clear.

"I have seen them come down through here and they do cut and trim it back," she said.

With the threat of more rain on the way, all runners and bikers can do is watch their step.

"I'm being cautious, but the City of North Augusta, somebody needs to come and look at this particular location for sure," she said.

A possible solution that could even keep these bikers and runners safe, doing what they love to do.

"I enjoy doing the walking out here, but it would be really good for them to cut down those trees that have snapped so it's safer," Roberts said.

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