Crew clearing logjam on Mississippi River

5:37 PM, Jul 5, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A massive Mississippi River logjam that took two weeks to accumulate is being cleared, thanks to the work of a contracting crew working in downtown St. Paul.

Crews began removing entire trees and limbs from the river near the entrance to the St. Paul Yacht Club Friday morning. A large front-end loader on a barge was used to pick the debris up and place it in an empty barge. The big job of removing the trees could be extended into next week.

The logjam started in the wake of the summer storms that felled countless trees both inland and on the banks of the river and blew them into the water. The debris began piling up near the Yacht club and it soon became clear it would have to be dealt with.

The problem became who would pay for the removal, a process that would cost the city some $25,000. The Yacht Club claimed it didn't have the money, and eventually the point became moot when the logjam became a threat to public safety. At that point the city of St. Paul agreed to pick up the tab, but asked the St. Paul Yacht club for help moving boats and docks.

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