Fayetteville crews keep trails clear during severe weather

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With continued rain in the area, flooding isn’t the only thing crews in Fayetteville are on the lookout for.

The trail at Gordon Long Park runs right along Skull Creek. When rain falls, water easily moves up onto the trail. With it comes mounds of gravel and dirt that make the area dangerous. 

Another issue crews have to watch for is water building up inside the tunnel that runs underneath Gregg Avenue. If debris and mud get inside it’s very hazardous for people who try to walk through. 

Craig Barr with the Fayetteville Parks Department, said almost immediately after a rainfall, crews come in with a bucket and scoop all of the soot, mud and debris off of the trail and clear the path. 

When severe weather is in the mix, the number one priority is safety for travelers.

“With any sort of flash flood event it can produce unforeseen hazards, so we always try to keep our trails at the utmost of safety and whenever we get gravel on the trails it definitely produces a blockage of pedestrian traffic there,” said Barr.

Crews are on standby 24/7 to respond to any flash floods events or clean up that’s needed.

Barr reminds residents that even when the rain has stopped they should continue to be aware of any hazards in the area and travel safely.

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