After The Holiday, The Cleanup

1 decade 11 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, July 05 2007 Jul 5, 2007 Thursday, July 05, 2007 4:30:58 PM CDT July 05, 2007 in News
Last night fireworks filled the sky, but this morning, debris filled the streets.

Marissa Hogan worked on cleanup outside her Columbia home.

"It was a lot of trash," she said. "I was hoping that the rain would come and wash everything away, but that didn't happen. We had to come up and pick everything up this morning."

Outside of Columbia's city limits, in Santa Barbara, Independence Day leftovers could be found in trash cans, on the streets, and also at playgrounds. When it got out of control, residents called the Boone County Public Works to help with the cleanup.

Chris Sims of Boone County Public Works says he had his hands full with trash pickup.

"Fireworks, beer bottles, beer cans, napkins, paper plates; quite a bit, I'd say at least a truck load so far," Sims said.

As Sims and his team cleaned up area parks through Boone County, Hogan and her family took it upon themselves to pick up a bit.

"We bought it, we popped it, it was our trash so we should pick it up," Hogan said. "Like every time we popped something, we'll stop for five minutes, and pick up paper, then we start popping some more, then pick up more paper."

But for the people aren't like Hogan, some Columbia cleanup crew members, like Charles Metscatr, don't mind cleaning up after them.

"It's called job security; it gives you something to do," Metscatr, of Columbia Public Works, said.

With the Fourth falling on a Wednesday, clean-up crews expect a lot of hours this weekend.

If you want to report excessive trash in your neighborhood, call Boone County Public Works at (573) 449-8515.

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