Little River logjam almost gone

The Little River Log jam of 2009 is just about part of history.

Contractors this week were finishing up work clearing a 50-yard long mess which had washed up against the FM 1915 bridge more than a month ago.

Original plan was to mulch the logs on site but a permit was received allowing burning of the wooden debris and the fire was lit on Monday.

Workers said a fair amount of "junk" was embedded in the logs including the frame from an old car.

Heavy rains upstream on Sept. 12, especially in the Salado Creek watershed, created the logjam. That creek went on a rampage though the town of Salado.

Salado Creek drains into the Little River and the FM 1915 bridge ended up as a collection point.

On Oct. 3 someone poured flammables over the bridge guard rail and lit the jam.

The Buckholts Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the blaze. The Texas Department of Transportation inspected the bridge and determined it had sustained no serious structural damage.

Another inspection will be scheduled after the cleanup is complete with divers checking its concrete uprights.

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