River Debris Near Bridges Cause Concern (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

April 24, 2013 Updated Apr 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Homeowners aren't the only ones cleaning up after the flooding. The Allen County Highway Department and the City of Fort Wayne are monitoring debris in the rivers that is building up.

Log jams near the bridges are a big concern for the county.

"You get a swirling action that can cause erosion and, we call it scour, around under the foundations of the bridges and that can actually eat the river bed out from underneath the foundations and then the bridges would be unstable," Bill Hartman, Director of the Allen County Highway Department told 21Alive.

The county has several bridges where they will be working to remove log jams over the next few weeks. The city says they will be targeting other debris, like trash, next month after the water levels drop.




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