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Jackson County Park cleanup could be delayed if there's severe weather

Officials say it could delay the work to take more than a month.

Posted: Feb 4, 2020 5:42 AM
Updated: Feb 4, 2020 8:05 AM

On Tuesday, crews will focus on removing more debris from Jackson County Park. This comes more than a week after a deadly fire killed eight people and left behind massive amounts of debris in the water.

Part of the park is open now, but some areas are still closed where crews are working to remove pieces of boats and other debris out of the water. Crews are using a large crane to help pick up large pieces of metal and load it onto a barge.

The Jackson County Emergency Management director says last week was phase one, collecting evidence for investigators. Now, they are in phase two. The last phase will be making sure the water isn't contaminated anymore.

"It's a hard job to fix, but I hope that they get it done as soon as possible because this is a big part of the community and it's a really pretty thing with spring and summer coming up," said Victoria Crownowner, a Scottsboro resident.

Another obstacle could come with weather. If thunderstorms roll in, it'll be too dangerous to work. Crews are working on the water and with mostly large, metal equipment. Officials say it could delay the work to take more than a month. 

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