James River flooding brings out debris, trash: ‘Everybody wants the river to be clean’

Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Despite having two days with no rain in Richmond, flooding at the James River has been unwavering. As the water recedes slowly, debris and trash have washed up on different roads and trails in the city. 

The James River has hit its highest crest since January 2010. With this comes debris and trash. 

“It can be frustrating,” Ryan Ginsburg, an invasive plant coordinator with James River Park System, said.

Ginsburg is part of the James River Park System who are working to clean up the invasive species plaguing different parks and he told 8News it’s hard to see all the trash build up. 

Despite having two days with no rain in Richmond, flooding at the James River has been unwavering. As the water recedes slowly, more debris and trash have washed up on different roads and trails in the city. 

“If we’re putting hours and hours of work into restoring the area,” Ginsburg said. “If there’s still plastic bottles and trash laying all over the place it can be frustrating for sure.”Others told 8News that while it is gross, they understand all the debris.

“It’s a disaster area, but there’s nothing you can do about it,” said Leslie Huffman, who works by the river. “You can’t control mother nature sometimes and everything has to flow with the water.” 

The water is still too high to get clean up efforts started but Sharon North, of Richmond Public Works, told 8News they will clean up everything as soon as they can. North said it will be done in a team effort with the Parks and Recreation department.

“Everybody wants the river to stay clean,” Huffman said. 

“If there’s trash all over the place then people are less inclined to use it,” Ginsburg told 8News. 

The James River is expected to remain above flood stage until tomorrow night and not expected to drop below nine feet until this weekend. 

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