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News Release
Sheriff's Office Work Crews Partner with City of Aumsville to Reduce Risk of Flooding (Photo) - 10/04/19

Over the last few weeks the City of Aumsville and work crews from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office collaborated to do a large clean up inside the city. Planning efforts for this clean up began in early August when Matt Etzel from Aumsville Public Works contacted the Sheriff’s Office Transition Center asking for help clearing the Highberger drainage ditch. The Highberger ditch goes from Cougar Street to 1st Street, a span of approximately one quarter of a mile. This area has been a concern for community members in Aumsville for several years due to over growth which contributed to flooding in neighborhoods during periods of heavy rain.

Through coordination with the City of Aumsville, a clean-up of the drainage ditch was planned in advance of the fall rainy season. Work crews from the Sheriff’s Office spent a total of 8 days over a two week period clearing wood debris, blackberries and other overgrown vegetation. Aumsville Public Works officials believe these clean-up efforts will greatly improve the ability for storm water to flow through the drainage with fewer backups which can lead to flooding. It is estimated approximately 20,000 lbs of debris were removed and taken to a wood waste recycling plant during this project.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office currently has four deputies assigned to supervise work crews to assist with community service projects throughout the county. Sheriff Joe Kast stated, “We are grateful for the relationships we have with our local communities, together through these partnerships we are able to provide a valuable opportunity for our work crews to give back to the community.”

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