By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
High waters along the West Hobolochitto creek have forced local volunteer group Friends of Boley to cancel the cleanup scheduled for this weekend.
Friends board president Scott White said the high waters have caused a dangerous situation along the creek, forcing the group to postpone the cleanup that was set for April 20.
Heavy rains that occurred on Thursday and Sunday of the previous week have caused the creek to overflow its banks, which makes the water swift and unsafe for the number of volunteers expected to show up for the event.
Concern for volunteers entering into danger was considered during the week by board members leading up to the cleanup, with one concern being a volunteer accidentally falling out of a boat and getting caught in the current.
White said after much consideration among board members, the board decided to move the date of the cleanup to sometime later, possibly in May or June, depending on board member schedules.
In other cleanup news, the Great American Cleanup in the city of Picayune is still on schedule for Saturday morning. Volunteers will still meet at Long Bridge at 8 a.m., where city employees will provide residents with garbage bags before they spread out around the community and cleanup their neighborhoods. Additional garbage bags will be distributed at various dumpster locations throughout the morning.
Dumpsters where residents can place the garbage and trash collected will be placed at Fire Station 1 on Adcox Road, J.P. Johnson Park on Rosa Street, Ben Taylor Park on Neal Road, Third Street and Norwood behind the Picayune Memorial High School football stadium, the park on East Canal, in the median on Martin Luther King Boulevard between Kingsway and Witthauer, at the lift station on Charlotte Drive between Nina and Hickman and at the lift station at the intersection of Telly Road and Alpine.