OKLAHOMA CITY – City crews began a 10-day process of cleaning the Bricktown canal.
Once every few years, crews brave the winter weather to clean up the Bricktown canal.
"It's a job we do about every four to five years in order to ensure not only the cleanliness of the canal, but it gives our engineers a chance to come in and inspect for damage,” said Jennifer McClintock with the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department. "We've found a few shopping carts, some great big table umbrellas that have blown off a few local restaurant patios, a few chairs, quite a few skateboards."
Some of the more common items found include cell phones, chargers, sunglasses, shoes and beer bottles.
"I think a lot of these littering instances may be accidental. As I like to say, the canal tells the story of a night out in Bricktown with some of the things we might find,” McClintock said.
This year, so far, the findings are slim.
"On first glance, it doesn't seem that we have quite the amount of debris that we have seen in past years with regard to things that people might have dropped off of the side of the boat, but you just never know. This is only the first day,” McClintock said.
The clean-up is a 10-day process.
"The process takes multiple steps. The first is to come in and do a sweep for large debris, which is what they're doing now,” McClintock said.
Next, crews scoop out all of the mud, then clean the canal with fire hoses, so it’s ready for the final phase, which is inspection.