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Published April 10, 2010, 07:01 PM

City Officials Cleaning Up Greenway After Spring Flooding

Although the threat of spring flooding in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks has passed, much of the Greenway is still closed.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

Although the threat of spring flooding in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks has passed, much of the Greenway is still closed. City officials are working on clearing the debris and getting it ready for people to enjoy again. People were out on the trails and at Lincoln Drive Park Saturday. But some areas are closed off or barricaded, and people need to be careful to stay away from those areas.

From trees covered with straw, to logs, to garbage, evidence of the flood is still all over the Greenway in Grand Forks. Frisbee golf is still inaccessible, and it could be at least another three weeks before the dog park is dry enough to re-open. But the mess isn't as bad as it was last year.

"I don't think there was as much ice as there was last year so we're not seeing as many broken amenities as we have in the past," said Greenway Specialist Kim Greendahl.

Greendahl says this year they were able to move the benches before the river rose, saving both Grand Forks and East Grand Forks money. Officials will be removing silt when it dries and will be opening areas of the Greenway as they become safe to use.

"It's not like we can open up the entire project all at once. The high areas obviously open up first," said Greendahl.

Because the cleanup still isn't done, some areas of the Greenway can actually be dangerous. Some fences were damaged by debris when the river rose and they're still blocked off. Although people were out in some areas of the Greenway, there was still debris on the trails and muddy areas to watch out for. Contractors will help with the cleanup, and bidding will open on April 19. Some areas of the Greenway may be opened up later this week, depending on the weather.

"I'm thinking in a week to ten days we could have the whole upper trail cleaned and useable," said Grand Forks Streets Superintendent Mark Aubol.

Right now the upper level of Lincoln Drive Park and seven holes of the golf course there are open.

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