Columbia Parks Department Cleans Trails

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department cleaned debris from recent flooding off of the MKT trail Tuesday.

Recent rain and flooding scattered debris on trails. City officials said they are not used to dealing with so much damage from flooding, but they are prepared to handle it.

"We look at safety first of all," Park Services Manager Gabe Huffington said. "We make sure there aren't any major washouts. Somebody could have an accident."

Huffington said the Bear Creek Trail in North Columbia also gets hit hard by floods.

"All of the gravel-based roads in the system, so the MKT and the Bear Creek trails, we have to go out and monitor those," Huffington said.

Huffington said the trails are mostly safe because recent sunny days dried them out.

Huffington urged people using the trails to lookout for city crews cleaning pathways and bridges with flood damage.